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The story of Robert Stevenson who returned to live in his native Scotland after giving up football but spent the last days of his life back in Liverpool where he had represented Everton between 1886 and 1889
It’s only through storytelling that I have any real idea of the impact gods like Dean, Ball and Young had in the royal blue shirt but now my generation at last has its own story to tell of an Everton legend
The Unique similarities between George Best and Howard Kendall's careers
Born on Aughton Street but raised on the famous thoroughfare behind Goodison Park's most famous stand, "Willie" became the first Liverpool-born player to score on his Football League debut
A look at Moshiri's 4½ years at Everton and an analysis of progress and otherwise to date
In an excerpted chapter from his latest book, Evertonian author Jim Keoghan profiles one of the Toffees' greatest ever forwards; a player of such unparalleled talent that he earned the enduring nickname, "The Golden Vision"
The managers come and go, the cash gets splashed, and promises of ambition and progression are made... but Everton stay the same
The next part of an assessment of the likely financial impact of Covid-19 on the Premier League
Goodison Park was chosen as one of the stadiums to host matches in the 1966 World Cup; this second part covers recollections of the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final games.
The summer of 1966 was a magical time for Merseyside followers of football: Liverpool were League Champions, Everton were FA Cup winners, and Goodison Park was chosen to host Group 3 matches, plus a quarter-final and a semi-final of the World Cup.
The personal story of an FA Cup away day at Notts County in 1984
The Premier League will take its tentative steps towards reopening this month. It’ll be football, Jim, but not as we know and love it and it makes it difficult to gin up much enthusiasm
Trying to compile an inventory of Scotsmen who have played football for Everton is like compressing springs in an old iron bedstead. Just when you think your task is complete, another one” jumps up”. The latest addition to this list is John Walker.
In his latest piece, Paul deals with cash flow, its importance and how some clubs will resort to borrowings. Some are going to find it much more difficult than Spurs
Two members of the same family left Dudley for Lancashire to pursue careers in the top echelon of English football. One sadly died in the Munich air disaster; the other would play an integral part in bringing silverware to Bolton Wanderers and Everton
The coronavirus crisis came at the worst time for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, forcing the shutdown of football when he was in a rich vein of form and on the cusp of the England setup but the young striker is no stranger to hard work and difficult circumstances
Football has to wake up to the financial reality ahead of it – a lot of fixed costs and reducing income. Even in the Premier League some clubs (including those close to home) are going to struggle
This time, we examine the checkered Everton career of another player that Roberto Martinez brought in during that very good first season with the club. But this was one who never really came close to repaying the faith expressed in him, nor the remarkable salary Everton paid him for an astound 4½-year contract that yielded just one goal in 23 starts.
The Irish international left-winger, gave unstinting service to the Blues’ cause during some of the club’s darkest days. He is forever associated with his teammate and great friend, Peter Farrell, who crossed the Irish Sea with him in 1946.
Looking at the threats to football's income in the future and the impact it may have on Premier League clubs
When he signed a five-year contract in 2015, it was greeted with relief. Instead of a blossoming career as Baines's natural successor, however, Luke Garbutt will leave Everton this summer having never fulfilled his early promise
T E Jones would have the burden of succeeding his supremely gifted namesake ‘T G’ but he went on to carve out his own place in the Gwladys Street Hall of Fame.
Player recruitment under Steve Walsh showed ambition even if things didn't work out
Why re-starting the season is a high risk strategy for the Premier League and should be avoided
One of the most important transfer windows of Everton’s recent history awaits Carlo Ancelotti. So, let’s consider what needs to change from a recruitment standpoint.
The author tries to link Everton to himself via a bit of land in South Merseyside, the first unequivocal victory for British and Dominion force in WW1, one of the greatest songwriters of the past 60 years and what appears to be the archetypal reality TV show in six steps.
With the prospects of football revenues falling, a look at Everton's cashflows and the obvious conclusions to draw
A look at four of the players who are currently being linked with a summer move to Goodison Park
Rob Sawyer in conversation with Director Daniel Gordon, who has produced what is held to be the definitive documentary about the 1989 disaster
A slightly more in-depth recollection of another strange episode in Everton's recent chequered history with talented foreign stars, that of the wonderful talent who was fondly remembered as 'Manny'
On the 25th anniversary of his untimely passing, celebrating the life and achievements of a man who was a vital part of the managerial team which led Everton to an unprecedented period of glory in the 1980s
A look at the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Premier League football. The message is simple: football will have to dramatically cut its costs
The mystery here is: why could we not keep Eric Dier? Why didn't he even make it into the Everton first team?
Among a number of accusations made against him during the season, one comment that cropped up more than a couple of times claimed that David Unsworth had been padding his Under-23 squad with older players who should have been let go.
If there’s one thing that’s top of the shopping list for Everton planning ahead, it’s a striker who can guarantee goals. While a host of potential targets have been rumoured, Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is apparently the leading target for Carlo Ancelotti.
Going down the Royal Blue rabbit hole on Findmypast.com and stumbling in the direction of the tale of late-1920s/early-1930s Toffees’ inside-right and Scottish international ‘Wembley Wizard’ Jimmy Dunn
The list of prospective candidates for this Mystery Men series has been somewhat pre-empted in comments on #2: Rodrigol. But no compilation of this ilk could proceed without a salute to one of the greatest wastes of space in Everton history, a man whose name continues to pop up more than 10 years after he finally left the club.
For many reasons, the world is changing. Football is not immune to that
There’s little room for proper hard men on modern day team sheets, but there are still a few out there for whom the red mist is tantamount to a comfort blanket
Everton's first Brazilian signing was secured by David Moyes on a rather generous £1.25 million temporary loan in July 2002. After adotpting the misleading moniker 'Rodrigol', a compromised knee condition would limit him to just 4 sub appearances for the Blues.
Earlier this month, the Everton FC Heritage Society teamed up with the current licensee, Dave Bond, to celebrate with the Borthwick, Robinson and Greenhalgh families’ connections to the football club and pub
An occasional series celebrating Everton players of the recent past that may have already faded from your memory. The first is Joao Silva, a young Portuguese U20 International that David Moyes snapped up but then never played in the first team.
Anthony Gordon had already played for the Everton first team, set me thinking about what happened to the full squad of players who appeared with him on that warm sultry night in Cyprus,
With Euro 2020 taking centre stage this summer, there are a host of Everton players who will be hoping to be part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament
Now accepted as the world’s first black football player, Guyana-born Andrew Watson was to have a career that would bind him tightly to both Glasgow and Liverpool. He would also make a guest appearance in the colours of Everton.
Discussing the implications for top-flight football of the Coronavirus pandemic, the suspension of matches and the possibility that the season is cancelled
The Premier League has pencilled in a resumption of action for the first week of April but the feeling is that that is optimistic. The question that will be pondered anxiously between now and then is what happens next?
Everton now face an uphill battle to qualify for Europe next season, although there are enough games remaining for the team to force themselves into the mix
As the 50th anniversary of Everton's 1969-70 League championship triumph approaches, Lyndon Lloyd chats with Dr David France about that wonderful side
A closer look at some more of the most remarkable records set during Everton’s illustrious history
A summary of the key points from the vast array of documents submitted by Everton to Liverpool City Council as part of the planning application for the new stadium.
There is something truly magical about a football stadium under lights. It’s hard to imagine that, as recently as the 1950s, winter kick-off times had to be set so that matches would conclude before dusk, whilst midweek fixtures were a rarity. However, as far back as the Victorian era, innovators were seeking a solution to the issue of playing after sunset
Given Everton's prospects of finishing in the European-qualification places have improved somewhat under Ancelotti, it’s worth examining how Uefa rules may impact Everton as against just the Premier League regulations
I’d been thinking about writing something about Portugal and Brazil since the appointment of Marco Silva and the arrival of Portuguese speaking players like Bernard, Gomes and Richarlison
Why player trading for Everton is difficult this window and why Marcel Brands's voice is key
Comparing the expected goals (xG) and attacking performance of Everton's three main strikers
First analysis of the 2018-19 accounts plus news from the General Meeting including the USM first right of refusal on naming rights
A look forward to what hopefully is a constructive and informative Annual General Meeting of Everton shareholders
The latest chapter from Becky Tallentire's 2004 book featuring the stories of the women behind some of Everton's greatest ever players features Maureen Harvey, wife of the "White Pele" and one arm of the famed Holy Trinity, Colin Harvey.
A look at the Everton squad, who needs to be moved and the financial consequences of doing so
Evertonians were let down wholesale by their team last Sunday but by the older, more experienced heads in particular. The backlash against them has been righteously indignant but now it's time for them to front up as men in a way they didn't at Anfield and set off on the path to redemption and a possible road to the top six
Profit and sustainability explained and what it means for transfer budgets
Meet Ray Parr, the man who became mates with Everton's greats
The Story of John ‘Jack’ Bell: Victorian Sporting Superstar and Union Pioneer
He was hailed as the exciting next piece in the Blues’ jigsaw when he arrived last year. He must, now, as the most qualified person on the board and as the director of football, be allowed to get on with making decisions, formulating strategies and to steer Everton forward… starting with the selection of Everton’s next manager
We are a club chained to a habitual way of doing things, habitual at least in the context of Kenwright’s grip over the club this past 20 years and most importantly, Moshiri’s failure to provide fresh leadership, discipline and processes. The dealings of the last few days are a symptom.
Marco Silva's time as Everton boss is over just halfway through his three-year term. Let down in large measure by poor recruitment and bedevilled by some awful luck, the Portuguese was ultimately exposed as being too stubborn to change or simply out of his depth
An international team-mate of Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino, Marcelo Gallardo has spent the last seven years building an impressive resume of trophy wins in South America and has restored River Plate as one of that Continent's giants. On the landscape of potential replacements for Marco Silva, the 43-year-old is easily one of the most intriguing and, interestingly, he has leapt into pole position in the betting to be Everton's next manager.
Farhad Moshiri and the Board may have resisted any knee-jerk impulse to fire Marco Silva and appoint an unpopular interim coach like two years ago but it still leaves the Portuguese hanging by a thread for at least the next two games. Barring a miraculous run of results, the hierarchy will surely act but they must use any time in the interim to find the right successor.
There has been huge reluctance to usher in further instability at Everton by removing Marco Silva and triggering yet another change in manager but if the Director of Football model works as intended, it need not be all that disruptive
Last Friday, the Everton FC Heritage Society organised and hosted the ‘Catterick 100’ event to celebrate the life and achievements of Harry Catterick who would have turned 100 on 26th November.
He has been lauded by Manchester City's players for his role in their success, Pep Guardiola feels he already has the tools to become a top manager and Arsenal are reportedly considering him again should they sack Unai Emery but would Mikel Arteta represent too big a gamble for Farhad Moshiri as Marco Silva's replacement at Everton?
The shortlist of potential candidates to replace Marco Silva is just that — short. Which is why the leap for the media to David Moyes, currently unemployed because of a string of failed or middling managerial spells, has been so easy to make but it would be a hugely retrograde and deeply unpopular step to bring him back, even for just a few months.
Stein, Dean and Dunn – that trio of names is immortalised in Goodison folklore as the Everton scorers in the 1933 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester City. William Ralph Dean needs no introduction but today’s Blues supporters may be less familiar with the two scoring Scots: Jimmy Stein and his compatriot, Jimmy Dunn, whose son chats with Rob Sawyer about his dad and two footballing brothers.
The table never lies, the old maxim goes. However, the table takes a good 10 games or so to take shape and the one that does not lie is the one after 38 games. So, can we have any indication of how such a table might look? Well, yes.
With another seemingly interminable international break upon us – albeit, thankfully, the last one of the calendar year – I took the opportunity to catch up with the Good Doctor Everton and ask him about his new collaboration with Rob Sawyer, the biography of striking legend Roy Vernon
In the next two months we will get a much clearer idea of where the club stands on many of the issues surrounding this beloved but potentially beleaguered institution of ours.
Marco Silva’s admission that he is impressing on Richarlison the need to stay on his feet is long overdue because, while Everton continue to be the victims of galling double standards, the Brazilian needs to do all he can to change the perceptions of him.
If you were watching BBC Look North West on September 26th 2019 you may have caught a report about BBC Music Day which included a snippet about a mass singsong at the National Football Museum. The singers were drawn from football clubs across the North West and the newly formed Everton in the Community Friday lunchtime singing group represented the Blues.
Marco Silva’s management of the young Italian has gone from frustrating to highly dubious.
Slight – almost frail looking – he appeared ill-equipped for the hurly-burly of professional football. But appearances can so often be deceptive and Eddie Thomas enjoyed a fruitful career over eleven years.
As a bit of light relief, given our present travails, and with an eye to nostalgia, I thought I would pen and submit this short article.
Perhaps I'm alone in finding something deeply dysfunctional about Uefa's reaction to the Turkish team's so-called 'military' salute in recognition of their troops in Syria.
Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is believed to be willing to give Silva time to turn things around, although another poor performance against the Hammers could cause a rethink.
Marco Silva goes into a match that he himself has declared as "must-win" against a talented but unpredictable West Ham side.
The incomplete summer recruitment made for less than ideal circumstances this season but none of Everton's personnel issues, even in aggregate, really account for how poor the team has been. That is clearly down to other factors that ultimately rest at the feet of the manager.
I posted on another thread about the basic statistics of our current situation. But now I am going to update it and it makes even worse reading.
The story of a man who made 11 league appearances for Everton during the 1904-05 season.
His stats are not showing a wasteful striker, but simply one not getting enough chances. His xG is about level with the goals he scores.
KitAid, founded in 1998, donates used and new (surplus) shirts to teams in various parts of the world
Here we are again. Just 6 games into a manager’s second season, and the pressure is well and truly on for a squad of mercenaries and "stepping-stoners" lacking unity of purpose and shared ambition.
Genuine cult heroes are hard to find these days but, needless to say, barring a miracle, we will never see the likes of "Big Dunc" again. He’s the player who made watching Everton in the 90s worthwhile.
Baseball may be a minority sport in the UK but 80 years ago Merseyside was a hotbed of this popular American pastime. Had it not been for the outbreak of War in 1939 perhaps it would have gained a proper foothold in our sporting life.
A World Cup star for Nigeria in 1994, Daniel Amokachi was Mike Walker's marquee acquisition that summer. The striker's spell at Goodison Park would outstrip that of the manager who signed him and while his record was fairly unremarkable, he is one of the more noteworthy players of the mid-1990s due to the extraordinary circumstances around his brace in an FA Cup semi-final.
127 years ago Everton unveiled its new stadium at Mere Green – it would become known as Goodison Park on account of its proximity to Goodison Road. The first football match would take place on 2 September - a friendly against Bolton Wanderers. Athletic News was on hand to report on developments.
Nigel Ipinson-Fleming was born in 1970 and raised on Spellow Lane, just round the corner from Goodison Park. In spite of his proximity to the famous old ground, he would eventually follow the rival team from across Stanley Park – but he is also quick to acknowledge the greatness of the Everton team of his teenage years.
Clarence Herbert Berry, who joined in 1908 and played for the club until 1912, was the first Rugby League player to switch codes and sign for Everton
In a region of France known as the Forgotten Front lies an area dubbed “the Nursery Sector”, where new formations arriving on the Western front in WWI were often given their first front line experience. One was the 2/10th (Scottish) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool which included Corporal Wilfred Toman, formerly of Everton FC who was killed there on 2nd May 1917
A look at Everton's finances, some projections, the club's business plan and funding options as the consultation for Bramley-Moore Dock draws to a close
Two strong-willed, complicated, men form the axis of a new book by Gavin Buckland which explores, in greater detail than ever before, Everton during the trophy-laden 1960s
Like the overwhelming majority of Evertonians it seems, judging by the voting on our current poll, I was pretty pleased with what I saw when the first visuals of Bramley-Moore Dock were revealed. I'd love to see a couple of unique touches added to the inside, though.
Boyhood Blues, FA Cup winners, Premier League record-breakers and five Scousers. This is the ultimate Everton squad of the Premier League era.
A chat with Elizabeth France, wife of the good Dr Everton, on renewed hope for the new season – possibly the make or break season under Mr Moshiri’s ownership
The failure to replace Kurt Zouma was frustrating because the recruitment this summer has, otherwise, been hugely encouraging, leaving Marco Silva with a more dangerous outfit going forward but thin at the back. Everton will rely on Keane and Mina forging a meaningful partnership, some luck with injuries and some help from the some of the so-called "big six" this season.
Should the Blues build around the England U21 man and hope that he scores more goals, or should they sign another striker to challenge and maybe replace him?
A top-half-of-the-table finish is always good, but Everton will always fight hard to go a place or better than the previous season.
With twelve days to run, we are just over half-way to the £5000 target. David and I would greatly appreciate the support of ToffeeWeb readers to get this over the line so that the biography can be published in the autumn.
Profit & Loss account situation, it is unlikely in the extreme that we will see significant inward transfer activity involving highly valued players this summer
It's not hyperbole to suggest that at one stage Michael Keane was close to being written off in some quarters as another expensive but ultimately inadequate signing from the Steve Walsh era. He's come a long way since in the space of Marco Silva's first season in charge.
David France and I have teamed up to bring Roy’s colourful story to a wider audience and give him the credit he so richly merits. With deCoubertin Books, we have recently launched a Kickstarter initiative in anticipation of publication this autumn.
A look at some potential signings in three key areas – central-midfield, central-defence and right-wing – for when the transfer window eventually opens
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