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      14.01.2009 14:23
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      A great day out for all the family.

      A great Club. A great History. Established in 1879 as Everton FC it was one of the founder members of the football league. One fact that many fans don't know is that originally Everton FC played in black. The reason being that when the league actually began players would wear any coloured tops - and it wasn't unusual to see a few different colours in one team. Everton in the end decided to dye all the tops black - this gave them the nickname for a short time of 'blackwatch'. In 1901-2 they changed to Royal Blue which is what they have been ever since.

      Everton FC are known as the Toffeemen or Toffees. This is down to a shop that used to be situated close to the ground called
      Mother Noblett's Toffee Shop. It is custom for a Toffee Girl to go around the pitch, prior to the match, handing out Everton Toffees.

      Everton FC (The Peoples) has had many ups and downs over the years. But one thing for sure they have a history most other teams can only dream of.

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      Once a blue, always a blue

      Well were do I start? At the beginning I suppose. I have been an Evertonian for as long as I can remember. I was born in 1981 so when I started supporting them in 1982 due to the fact my father and my grandfather were both big evertonians.

      I obviously never really started following Everton properly until the 90s and the start of the English premiership.

      There are a few games I remember in the 90s the famous last day of the season against Wimbledon in the 1994 and I remember sitting in my Dads local pub and being allowed in for the first time and sitting with my Dad watching the match. This was the first day I had seen so many grown men crying in one place.

      Wimbledon had just scored their second goal and Everton were trailing 2-0 and 20 minutes or so had passed and there was an silence in the pub that was almost deafening. You could see the tears in the eyes of grown men including my father. Then all off a sudden a big burly 40 odd year old man stood up and starting singing "it's a grand old team to play for, it's a grand old team to support and if you know your history its enough to make your heart go woooaahhhh!"

      That was it the pub was up and singing people shouting "come on you blueboys" I was up then singing and screaming myself. Then within a few minutes Anders Limpar (the flying swede) ran into the box and was fouled. PENALTY REF the pub roared and it was the referee had given it.

      Graham Stuart stepped up and dispatched the penalty 2-1 and this was the score going into half time. The pub now was nervous with excitement and tension all at the same time. Could we really do it I was swept away with all the emotion and I was only 12 years old.

      2nd half kicks off and it was pulsating chances for both teams then half way through the 2nd half Barry Horne broke away from the middle and tried a very speculate shot (Horne wasn't known for his goalscoring) from a good 35 yards out and it flew in what a goal, a goal dreams are made off. The pub was bouncing grown men hugging and kissing men picking me up and flinging me around people dancing , beer flying it was brilliant and I was loving every minute off it now.

      Then with 10 minutes to go Graham Stuart gets through and slotted it in 3-2 Everton were heading for safety and I was heading for a life of being a blue.

      The final 10 minutes were agony for every Evertonian in the world. But we hung on and won and survived relegation. The pub was bouncing now I have never known anything like it. Everton songs were sung for over 2 hours none stop and everyone was congratulating each other.

      This match was the REAL start for me and the old saying "once a blue, always a blue" is so true for many evertonians and Everton will always be a big part of my life and I wouldn't change it for anything.=

      COME ON YOU BLUE BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!

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        23.11.2008 15:55
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        Instead of just doing a generic review on Everton FC, that most people have done here, what I will do is a player by player analysis on the current first team and then make updates ever summer.

        Tim Howard: Ex Man Utd goallie and couldnt cut it at Old Trafford but still a quality keeper and one of the best in the premiership

        Lescott: Blossomed over last few seasons and always a danger in the air. Can get 10 goals a season from defence

        Neville: Another ex Man Utd player and a quality defender, with all his experience from Old Trafford at hand.

        Yobo: Everton's most consistent player and always gives a 100% for Everton. May move next summer

        Jageilka: Solid player who makes the odd error, still consistent enough

        Arteta: Technically gifted and a quality player, especially from set peices. One of Everton's best player

        Osman: Underrated player who always gets 10 goals a season and has good skill on the ball. Could be better defensively but attacking wise is a decent player. However he is most likely to be sacrificed if Moyes strengthens the midfield.

        Cahill: After Yakuba, their most consisteng goal scorer. Great player

        Felliani: New recruit and looking like an important player. Highest fee Everton have spent.

        Yakubu: THeir top Striker and gets 20 goals a season, Everton will have to work hard to hold onto him.

        Saha: Another ex Man Utd player and a very good striker. If he can stay fit will get 20 goals.

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          05.08.2008 17:07
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          I have supported Everton now for about 20 years. I can remember when I was a little boy, flicking through my Pannini football sticker book, reading the statictics and comments on every player, for every team. I came across the Everton page, and found to my delight that they had 3 Welsh players in their squad, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe and Pat Van Den Hauwe (trust me he really was Welsh), and being Welsh myself I was thrilled with this. This is my first memory of how I became to support Everton, and have been a pashionate supporter ever since.

          Everton, nicknamed 'The Toffeemen' or 'The Toffees' for short, thought to be due to an old tradition in the early years, when a 'Toffee Lady' would walk around the pitch during matchdays, throwing Everton mints into the crowd. They were formed in 1882, and were first known as St. Domingo, that was until the following year when they changed their name to Everton FC. Everton first began playing their football at Anfield, which of course is now the home of Liverpool. They played at Anfield for about 14 years, until a dispute over rent forced Everton out, and they soon established a new home at Goodison Park, where they still remain today ... at least for a little while longer anyway.

          Everton are the in the top five most successful English League sides in history, and have had several sustained periods of success throughout the years. The most notabel periods of success in Everton's history came in the 1920's, 1960's and 1980's. Everton's major successes over the years include 9 times winners of the League Championship, 5 times winners of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup winners in 1985.

          Everton have had many great footballers play for the side over the years, but probably the most famous that ever has, and probably ever will, was Dixie Dean. Having signed for the club in 1925, Dixie Dean set the all-time goalscoring record in the 1927-28 season, of 60 goals in a season. His goals that season helped Everton to a league title, and his recored still stands to this day.

          In my time as an Everton fan, success has been few and far between. My first memory of watching Everton was during the 1989 FA Cup Final, when they narrowly lost out to rivals Liverpool 3-2 after extra time. The only silverware Everton have won in my time, was the FA Cup in 1995 (they also subequently won the Charity Shield following the FA Cup success, if you can count that as silverware).

          Unfortunately, until recently, there have been far more depressing years as an Everton fan than good, although they have led to some of the more memorable moments. I'll never forget Barry Horne's thunderbolt against Wimbledon on the final day of the 93-94 season, which began a famous comeback in a match they had to win to avoid relegation. Everton found themselves in this situation on a number of times again, but each time managed to sneak by and avoid the dreaded relegation. Thanks to these escapes, Everton can still stand proudly as the longest serving team in the top flight of English football.

          Thankfully, in recent years, Everton seemed to have turned the corner, and have now developed into a very good team. this is thanks in the main to Manager David Moyes, who has introduced stability into the team, and who has used his fine tactical and transfer market awareness, to create the team we see today. Despite Everton's progress, they are still a long way behind the 'Big 4' teams in the Premier League, both on the field, and off the field. This is obviously down to money at the end of the day. You either have it, or you don't. And when you have it, buying success becomes far easier.

          Everton are a great club, and certainly have the potential to break the hold that the 'Big 4' have on the Premier League. Although how Liverpool are included in the 'Big 4' is beyond me, since they've never won the Premier League, surely the 'Big 3' would be better suited. there has been talk in the press recently that Everton are for sale, and that a foreign buyout is possible. Although I feel that there is always a risk with having foreign owners, it is evident that with these foreign owners comes money. And at the end of the day, money breeds success. With more and more Premier League clubs being bough out, and being heavily invested in, do Everton want to be left behind? My feeling is no, and so possibly a buyout is what's best for everyone involved.

          With regards to the new stadium in Kirby, my bum is stuck firmly on the fence. I understand the feelings of Everton fans about the team playing outside of the city limits, but being that I'm not from Liverpool, maybe I don't feel as strongly about this. Having a new stadium could be the boost that the team need to push them forward onto the next stage, so maybe the move could be a good thing for the team.

          Everton have not had the best of pre-seasons yet, with the CEO Keith Wyness resigning, and the lack of transfer activity is worrying, but I'll never doubt David Moyes and his boys, they have given me many a happy Saturday afternoon in recent years, and long may that continue.

          Come on you Blues!

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            02.04.2008 10:44
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            Full name Everton Football Club
            Nickname(s) The Toffees, The Blues,
            The People's Club,
            The School of Science
            Founded 1878 as St. Domingo F.C.
            Ground Goodison Park
            Liverpool
            England
            (Capacity 40,569)
            Chairman Bill Kenwright
            Manager - David Moyes


            The problem for manager David Moyes and chairman Kenright is the one that haunts Leeds united and Sunderland - if you open that hatch to the top four places by spending big then the water can flood in just as much as the fresh air of success can. I think Moyes is a superb young manager and for all the talk about foreign managers in the Premiership we need to remember that only four of the top ten clubs currently have foreign managers. I have a good feeling for Moyes that he will be the next Manchester United manager for continuity reasons and so bide his time at Everton and so not push for the top four or another likewise job, entering his ninth season at Goodison, one of only five managers in the whole league ladder not to be fired in the last 8 years. He and Kenright know the big four can't be broken until the money men desert one of the top clubs and they get one of their own. There's also the question hanging over Moyes that is he a manager that can deal with big budget transfer fees and how good would he be with £100 million to spend on building a top three team? I personally think he's a young Alex Ferguson and would be great at it and will get the chance to do just that one day soon.

            For Everton it will be all about their remaining few league games and that chasing sixth spot, looking awa of this. With no European football at Goodison and Moyes unable to break through the glass ceiling could we see him make a move early? He cant take EVerton any further now, especially with no sign of the new stadium.

            -The Squad-

            If you look at their squad its no better or worse than anyone else in the top half. But what they do have is David Moyes. It was a big thing when Moyes bought in Saha and he was certainly buying goals, if the tempremental Frenchman isnt tinjured. That guy has one of the most impressive goals per game ratios in the premiership and Everton's and a guy who can bounce them up the league. He hits the leather off the ball and unlike many black players of this ilk he has real accuracy and can ping the bottom corners. Traditional black African players love to lash it into the top corner, extremely noticeable in the recent African nations Cup.

            The loss of Cahill to the Asia Cup recently left it to the likes of Beckford and Arteta, but they didnt do the business, Beckford not looking solid premiership class for me. Cahill is back and puts himself around, th ebest header in the top league for vital goals, but with no Carsely and Pienaar alongside they do look unbalanced, perhaps shrinking their goal threat even more. Defensively Everton have been ok in recent years but letting goals, Distin and Jageilka alongside Hettinga and Baines should be better than they are. Tim Howard, one of four American keepers in the premiership, has had his best season so far for Everton. Young Rodwell and Coleman up front are the coming talent for Everton.

            2 DF Tony Hibbert
            3 DF Leighton Baines
            4 DF Joseph Yobo (vice-captain)
            5 DF Joleon Lescott
            6 MF Mikel Arteta
            7 MF Andy van der Meyde
            8 FW Andrew Johnson
            10 MF Thomas Gravesen (on loan from Celtic)
            12 GK Iain Turner
            14 FW James Vaughan
            15 DF Anthony Gardner (on loan from Tottenham)
            16 DF Phil Jagielka
            17 MF Tim Cahill
            18 MF Phil Neville (captain)
            19 DF Nuno Valente
            20 MF Steven Pienaar (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
            21 MF Leon Osman
            22 FW Yakubu Aiyegbeni
            23 MF Manuel Fernandes (on loan from Valencia)
            24 GK Tim Howard
            26 MF Lee Carsley
            28 FW Victor Anichebe
            32 DF Dan Gosling
            33 GK Stefan Wessels
            34 DF John Irving
            37 DF Jack Rodwell
            39 DF Darren Dennehy
            40 MF Shaun Densmore
            42 MF Steven Morrison

            Out on loan

            27 FW Lukas Jutkiewicz (on loan to Plymouth Argyle)
            29 DF Patrick Boyle (on loan to Crewe Alexandra)
            30 GK John Ruddy (on loan to Stockport County)
            31 MF Bjarni Viðarsson (on loan to FC Twente)
            36 MF John Paul Kissock (on loan to Gretna)
            38 FW Stephen Connor (on loan to Partick Thistle)
            41 FW Aidan Downes (on loan to Yeovil Town)
            -- FW Scott Spencer (on loan to Macclesfield Town)

            -Honours-

            (Old) First Division: 9 Wins

            1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, 1931-32, 1938-39, 1962-63, 1969-70, 1984-85, 1986-87

            (Old) Second Division: 1
            1930-31

            FA Cup: 5
            1906, 1933, 1966, 1984, 1995

            Charity Shield: 9
            1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987, 1995

            European Cup Winners' Cup: 1
            1985

            Everton hold the top flight record of 55 straight years in the division one, relegated just after the war when the league rebooted, most of Everton players sent to fight. Of late they haven't troubled the domestic trophies and the big four and you do feel Moyes is their best chance. Everton need a new and big cash injection or they may soon be back in the mid-table and without Moyes. Kenwright may own Broadway and the West End but he can't compete with the top three. Again the 40,000 capacity needs to be upped and with only talk over the Kirby stadium they are still away off the top four. A UEFA Cup win this season would have been the big step up.

            -Links-

            www.evertonfc.com
            www.bbc/sport/everton
            www.premierleague.com/everton

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              22.07.2007 16:58
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              Everton FC have a long and distinguished history. As one of the founding members of the football league they have spent more years in the top flight than most teams including more their more illustrious rivals Liverpool. However, as a life-long Evertonian I will be the first to admit that despite our distinguished and enviable history (which includes the all-time record of 60 goals in the Division One title-winning season of 1927/28 scored by Dixie Dean and nine-times English League champions), we have suffered from hard times of late.

              A team and club cannot survive on history alone and gone are the days were we could proudly claim to be part of "The School of Science". It is easy to become bitter of the success across the park of our more illustrious rivals yet it cannot be denied that we have slipped a long way behind Liverpool and several other Premiership teams in terms of facilities, finances and players. Indeed, the last time we could be considered a force to be reckoned with was during the glorious Howard Kendall era of the 1980's. Once again bitter Evertonians blame Liverpool for us being banned in Europe and subsequently have decided that this has led to the clubs decline but even a cynical fan like man can see there is far more to it than that.

              Everton have failed to progress and consistently failed to compete for one reason and one reason only...money. .Clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have had shareholders and Directors plough tens of millions and more into their teams and facilities to make them a force to be reckoned with and a global brand. Everton fans have watched over the course of twenty years as Manager after Manager has come and gone having to work on virtually no budget and utilising a threadbare squad. As greats like Neville Southall, Graeme Sharp and Kevin Sheedy retired they were replaced by misfits like Steve Simonsen, Marc Hottiger and Stuart Barlow. Players bought for tiny fees from lower leagues or rapidly brought through the youth ranks.

              In fact, the whole of the 1990's until the present has been largely a catalogue of disasters regarding transfers and new players. It says a lot about Evertonians that we make heroes of players that simply would not succeed anywhere else. Daniel Amokachi and Duncan Ferguson are perhaps the most immediate examples. Two potentially great players that never quite lived up to their potential but thanks to the drought of any real quality in the Everton sides of the last fifteen years, they are considered legends.

              A lot of the reason for Everton's rapid decline particularly through the 1990's could be placed at previous Chairman Peter Johnson's door. The supposed Evertonian and Park Hampers owner promised a new stadium, bottomless transfer funds and a bright new future. Instead Evertonians endured season after season of teetering on the brink of relegation, poor choices of Manager and a resulting twenty million pound debt that almost put the club into administration. The only highlight of the 90's was Joe Royle's gutsy FA Cup win over a vastly superior United side in 1995.

              Fortunately, Johnson was eventually pressured out by fans and replaced by the thrifty, but at least passionate theatre impresario Bill Kenwright. This has led to a minor upturn in the clubs future and the inspired installation of a certain young Manager who was doing great things for Preston North End. Step forward David Moyes. This young Scotsman has really turned the club round and brought us back into the top half of the Premiership. His treatment and grooming of Wayne Rooney is widely documented Alex Ferguson has thanked Moyes personally for prepping perhaps the most promising footballer of our generation. Although it has been reported that Moyes was reluctant to sell Rooney, the transfer fee of 27 million finally brought Everton out of debt.

              Furthermore, the release of Rooney to Manchester United seemed to galvanise Everton perhaps as they no longer were trying to play games around one man/boy. This has led to subsequent seasons of continued improvement resulting in a worthy spot in the Champions League in 2006 and a place in the UEFA cup in 2007. Of course this does not make Everton world beaters. Neither does it makes us one of "the big six", something we could have claimed many years ago. However, Moyes has certainly done wonders with a very small squad. He makes average players perform beyond expectations and has a habit that no other Everton Manager has had for a long time, he buys more good players than bad. Players like Arteta, Cahill, Lescott and Johnson have given Everton a solid backbone and the "never say die" spirit instilled in the team, combined with Moyes's insistence on 100% commitment have made Everton a team very difficult to beat. Add to this some incredibly promising youngsters in Anichebe and Vaughan and you have the potential for consistent top six finishes.

              Unfortunately, despite my positivity, all is not rosy for Everton's future. There is still no financial clout to propel Everton to a next level and as it stands Moyes seems to have less and less to spend each season. He often has to sell before he can buy and it is a matter of time before the club slips back to mid table and beyond that into a relegation dogfight. There is no doubting Kenwright's passions, Moyes's ability or the players desire but without a serious cash injection how can we hope to compete for a top four place. The financial rewards of consistent Champions League appearances would bring a new era to Everton but this will not happen consistently with a paper thin squad. I fear our early exit to Villareal in 2006 may be our last appearance for some time. What Everton need is a serious injection of cash!

              This brings me to the future of Everton Football Club. Much has been said about Liverpool's takeover by American investors and many people see it as a bad thing. Ask Manchester United or Chelsea if foreign investment is bad for them! Does anyone honestly believe Liverpool could have signed Fernando Torres without the input of foreign investment? I honestly think Everton need a takeover of this ilk to stop them from becoming a mid table team. Fans will not be fooled by smokes and mirrors such as the appearance of Sylvester Stallone.

              The need for a new stadium is also becoming increasingly apparent. Once a World Class stadium, even the most hardened Evertonians would admit that what Goodison Park has in history, it lacks in facilities and finesse. The stadium looks shabby at best and is full of obstructed view seating. Fortunately, this may be the one thing that might change quite quickly as Everton have announced the initial plans for a 55,000 seater stadium on the outskirts of Kirkby. Traditionalists scorn the idea as taking the club out of Liverpool but for me the club is still in Merseyside, Kirkby is still Liverpool to me and the stadium looks impressive. It also retains a traditional look and feel that should ensure the atmosphere that is allegedly lacking in modern stadiums remains.

              Everton is a club at a pivotal moment in it's history. Whether the club and supporters choose the right path and progress is yet to be seen. As an Evertonian I truly hope so, after all "Nil Satis Nisi Optimum" is a motto that has not been followed for long enough.

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                Everton are a club of proud and steep tradition and sucess. No, madam, seriously! Stop heckling at the back! We were the first team to have a comprehensive football ground in the shape of Goodison Park. We are one of only 5 clubs that dominate the history of England's silverware. We have amassed more points, played and won more games than any other English side. We hold the greatest season-long domestic goalscoring record thanks to Dixie Dean. Not even Pele could get 60 goals in a single season. PELE!? Pah! We are the only team who have spent 100 seasons in the top flight. Theres 9 long years before Villa reach that milestone. We built the first 3 Tier stand in Europe. The alleged giants known ironically as "Liverpool"Football Club, whose fans come from, well,anywhere except merseyside, wanted to call themselves Everton FC Athletic Grounds Ltd. Not catchy, but a definite homage to one of the most prestigious teams in England. Dont believe our tabloid friends. There is only one team on Merseyside....the peoples club, Everton Football Club. When I was four or five years old, back in the glory days of the mid 80's, my dad told me I suported the best team in the world. Arguably on their day the team of "no stars" (despite most playing for their respective nations at some point??! - god bless the craaazy hacks in the southern tabloid media!) could have beaten anyone into submission, a point best argued when citing the infamous bayern munich game of 1985. However, being such a little fella back then, I never really got to see much of the blues until around 1992, by which time we were nothing more than a mid table team full of average internationals like Preki and Warzycha or ageing stars such as Peter Beardsley and Big Nev. I suffered the lows of watching Howard's sad decline into drunken pale shadow of his former self as he had aother throw of the dice in the early 90's and then the late 90's, the horrors of Mike
                Walkers hapless tactical wizardry, and, of course, the mysterious dearly departed Walter Smith's team selections and tactics..... (5-4-1 at Goodison Vs. a poor Southampton team? I kid you not, I was there...... I wish I wasn't!) The disatrous Everton sides of the 1990's for one season only, under Joe Royle, saw a tiny piece of sucess in 1995 with the FA Cup. A sory return for a club steeped in as much tradition as Everton has. The result of numerous relegation threatened seasons? No prize money, no top players wanting to join, squads of has-beens (Gazza and Ginola anybody?) and journeymen. A crumbling Goodison Park, once a great European stadium, left to rot as what little cash we had was used to buy flops such as Oster, Farelly, Nyarko, Williamson, BAkayoko, Bilic and Thomsen. At the turn of 2000 the future of EFC was looking like the future of the british steel industry. No hope, no money just massive debt, no leadership, no chance of competing in the money driven world of modern football. Suddenly the bottom drops out of football, and clubs such as Leeds and Chelsea find themselves in major financial plight after investing in over priced & over payed players, and in chelseas case, a rediculous stadium and surrounding mini empire of empty hotels and restaurants.............Everton meanwhile, still in debt, are slowly starting to find their feet......a new reigeme led by Bill Kenwright and SFX Chief Paul Gregg complete negotiations with a finance company to resolve short term debt problem. In 2001-02 Everton are one of only 4 clubs to make an operating profit. Suddenly, while still not holding musch clout in transfer dealings etc, EFC look more financially secure than the percieved wealthy teams. Everton, a club now used to running on a shoe-string budget, have a stronger position in terms of infrastructure than any fan or board member could have hoped for. Walter Smith, for all his faults, did assist in this change, and for
                that most fans will always be greatful to him, but his tactics were suspect as were the training methods of his old-school partner in crime Archie Knox. Injuries and discontent were rife. Enter David Moyes. In 9 games the young untested manager saves EFC from impending relegation, and instills a sence of belief in the fans and more importantly a group of average, stale, injury prone footballers. He signs world cup stars Yobo & Tie along with England 'keeper Richard Wright in his first close season and states that he only wants players who fit into his mould - young, ambitious and talented. Deadwood such as Blomqvist, Ginola& Gascoigne are told to leave. Others, such as Pistone and Gravesen, are told to buck up or buck off. They bucked up, and have been invaluable squad members. Infact apart from the enigmatic Mr D Ferguson and his back injury saga there isnt a player in the current squad who hasnt had an important role to play in a ressurgence. A minor miracle when considering they are the same squad as a year ago, give or take. Wright has more clean sheets than any other English keeper. The inury treatment room is all but empty bar our good friend Big Dunc and Tobias Linderoth. As I write, Everton, relegation certanties this time last year are 5th in the Premiership, ahead of the more fancied sides such as Liverpool, Leeds, Boro and Spurs (why are spurs and boro considered asbig clubs? i guess thats another discussion altogether, but in my book, 2 teams who regularly win nothing and finish 10th are not particularly special, no matter how much cash they have, or if they are in London........ once again, well done to the media hacks....) and also sport the asset of one Wayne Rooney, England's youngest ever international at the ripe old age of 17. Rooney isn't our most valuable asset however. That prize lands in the lap of Moyes. He's got red hair and we dont care. Lets hope BK can raise some cash, and that the premiersh
                ip prize money of £590000 a position is invested wisely. The plans are already in place for a new training complex and academy. Young promising players such as Graham Rooney, 12, should benefit from such a development. And the whispers are he's already a better prospect than his big brother....... A UEFA cup place is a realistic possibility, and Champions league, an outside chance. No fan expects EFC to win these competitions should we qualify, but we know that the board and the manager will invest all proceeds wisely. The future looks to be here. Theres a long way to go. No-one can guarantee that it will be this way next year with the squad we have, but a new player here, a word of encouragement there...... and you never know. Fans have been quietly getting excited about the new progress, its almost unbelievable....... fingers crossed, this time the sleeping giant will finally stir for good.......

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                  Everton FC. This years suprise competition for a European place. It is hard to believe that only 9 months ago Everton were REALLY struggling in the league. The were well inside the relegation zone until a bright new manager came along and saved them. To be fair Walter Smith wasnt a bad manager however the tactics and his spending were all a little out dated. This new preston man David Moyes has totally turned the club around. They are now riding high in the league competiting for a European Spot, with all the media attention on the young "SUPERSTAR" Wayne Roony or as the locals call him "ROONALDO" They are now widely popular in China due to their sponsers and the few chinese players in their team (li Tie) Over 3 Million people watch each everton game in china. Overall Everton have improved massivly over the past 7 months mainly thanks to David Moyes - Man U watch out!

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                    DAVID MOYES - MY NEW HERO!!! Well what a season so far (and its not over yet). It started off very promising as we rose to the top of the league for about 2 weeks in early september. But then same old Everton, we slumped until our usual place just above the relegation zone was secured. We began to hover around there for about 5 months and I began to get very worried until two weeks ago when the board made a decision that I feel was the best decision since the departure of Johnson all those years ago. I do not think Walter Smith is a bad manager. Far from it. I mean look at his time at Rangers. He is a great manager, in the right situation, but that situation isn't relegation battles at the foot of the English Premiership. He showed no tactical promise from his time at Everton. No one saw him before the game and even through the first half. He came doan to pitch side during the second half of which he seemed to spend 75% of that time looking at what changes to make by which time it was too late. When we were 1-0 up he would try and hold it which caused murder in the stands and me to have heart attacks every time the oppostion came forward. Then about 2-3 weeks ago we said farewell to Walter and Evertonians said hello to the young scot from Preston. I do feel quite sorry for Preston though. In the week they become a City they lose a great manager and there top scorer. From day one until now I have had faith in the new manager. In two weeks I have seen more of Moyes than I saw of Smith in 4 years. He is always out during warm up before matches and he is a tracksuit manager which makes a change from the suit wearing ones we have in the past been dumped with. Although his time here has been short I have been to the two games (Fulham and Derby)and the team look like a unit. Moyes seems to be able to get the best out of Big Dunc and he has given a pair of boots to Unsworth that seems to have improved his shooting. All I c
                    an say is that like everything at Everton it will probably all go down the shute within a month but all things considered I have total faith in David Moyes to bring EFC back to a team with the promise to go far not just in the league but in the FA Cup as well as Europe in the not to far future!!!

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                      24.11.2001 04:02
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                      It's the 1985 European Cup Final, Liverpool v Juventus, at the Heysel Stadium in Belgium. Liverpool are all set to acquire their 5th European Cup. Just a couple of weeks previous, Everton had won the European Cup Winners Cup, a fine 3-1 victory over Rapid Vienna. It seemed it was to be a magnificent month for Merseyside. The fairytale soon changed to a horror story however. Joy and happiness turned to death and despair as dozens of Juventus fans were crushed in the Heysel Stadium. Juventus went on to win a subdued final 1-0, but this was only the beginning of the greatest downfall in English Football history. A ban was imposed on English participation in European competition for 5 years. It had a massive impact on English football as many of the best players went abroad to ply their trade. The quality of football dropped drastically as pass and move turned to the long ball. All English teams suffered in the absence of European competition, but I believe no club suffered more than my beloved Everton. Everton, one of the founding members of the football league, were always one of the most successful clubs in England. Even today, they have played more games, scored more goals and competed in more seasons of the top flight than any other team. It was the at the beginning of the 1980s however, with the arrival of Howard Kendall, where a true dynasty seemed as to be in construction. Players with the calibre of Trevor Steven, Peter Reid, Gary Stevens, Andy Gray and Neville Southall all donned the famous royal blue jersey. It seemed as if Everton were on the verge of taking over the baton of success from their fierce local rivals, Liverpool. Success in course did arrive. Everton lifted the 1984 F.A. Cup, but it was the 1984-85 which was to be the season in which the true potential of this Everton team was to be exhibited. The league title arrived, as well as the European Cup Winners Cup. Everton were indeed the kings of England
                      , and if you were kings of England in the early to mid 1980s, you could rightly claim to be the greatest team in Europe also. The Everton fans truly had a team to be proud of and no longer had to the butt of jokes from Liverpool fans. But, then, the Heysel Stadium disaster occurred, and the chance for Everton to test themselves against the cream of Europe was lost. Everton still remained the dominant force in England in the mid 1980s, winning another league title with Gary Lineker at his peak leading the front line. They appeared in numerous League and F.A. Cup finals, not always winning I admit, but it was generally accepted that Everton were "the team". Soon however, it all turned sour. The best players packed their bags to get European football, or simply to escape Everton's decline. Lineker set off for Barcelona, Trevor Steven for France and Gary Stevens for Scotland, while Andy Gray and Peter Reid set off for pastures new. Everton had lost its greatest chance to be the best in Europe. This fact still frustrates most Everton fans today. There is of course no certainty Everton could have created a new dynasty in the mid 1980s, but we had a chance, a fantastic chance, one which seems so distant today. After the glory of the 1980s, the 1990s turned in to a constant fight for survival for Everton. There was a brief return to the glory days when the 1995 F.A. Cup was brought home to Goodison Park, but this success was a one-off. Numerous managers came and went, Colin Harvey, then Howard Kendall, then Mike Walker, then Joe Royle, Howard Kendall again, and finally, the current manager, Walter Smith. Perhaps the main reason for Everton's decline was the former chairman, Peter Johnson. He always talked a good game, famous manangers, i.e. Trappatoni, Bobby Robson; famous players, i.e. Ravanelli, Muller, Shearer, Andy Cole and many others too numerable to mention, were all supposed to be on their way to Everton during Joh
                      nson's time in charge; all of course, never materialised. He also proposed a new stadium, but his plans never got off the ground. Eventually he left, leaving a right old mess. We, the fans, thought he was pumping all his own money in to the club during his chairmanship, but, when he departed, we found out the terrible truth. He instead was loaning money from the banks, and when he left, he left all the debts with Everton. This is the main cause of Everton's perilous position today, coupled with a failed media deal with NTL which fell apart at the 11th hour. The club still has a considerable debt, figures ranging from £15-25 million. This has severely inhibited Everton's spending on players and other club interests such as a new youth academy. Plans for a stunning new 55,000 seat stadium in King's Dock have been approved, however, the problem of money is stunting the start of its construction, and the project remains clouded in doubt. At least the team seems to mid-table material, despite the sale of many of the best players in recent years, such as Andrei Kanchelskis, Nick Bamby, Marco Materazzi, Olivier Dacourt, Franny Jeffers and Michael Ball. The club is now owned and controlled by true blues in Bill Kenwright and Philip Carter, which does please the fans, but the constant problem of money seems no nearer to being resolved. Until then, Everton, sadly, will remain a selling club, denying it its rightful place at the top table of English football. It irritates me and many other Evertonians seeing teams such as Arsenal, Leeds and Chelsea, Newcastle etc, splashing out on big players and sitting near the top of the table. A healthy Everton is every bit as big and in some cases bigger than those teams just mentioned. The summit is a long way away from Everton at the moment, but, slowly, I am sure we will one day reach the peak once again. When that time will be, I don't know; 5 years, 10 years, 20 years,
                      I can only guess, but when it comes, it will be the sweetest taste. Heysel and it consequences were cruel on every English club, but Everton suffered most. Now, we could be feasting on Champions League crowns, and toasting Premiership titles, but instead, we are left with the annual struggle against relegation, hoping for a decent run in the cup. Instead of bidding for the Zidane's, Veron's and Figo's of this world, we are left picking up freebies from Man Utd who haven't played in over 2 years, i.e. Jesper Blomqvist. But, we Evertonians will never stop loving the club. We will still turn up on Saturday afternoon, chanting the names of our players, and hopefully cheering them to victory. One day soon, we will be back , then we can make up for lost time.

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                        24.10.2001 08:42
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                        Everton have made a good start to the season, but I don’t think it will last long. They have a good squad of players and I think they will finish near the top of the bottom half of the table. Below is my opinion of their best 11: Goalkeeper – Paul Gerrard Paul Gerrard is a really good goalkeeper and he has shown what he is capable of. He has been Everton’s first choice keeper for a couple of years now and I think he will stay their first choice keeper for at least a few more years. Right Back – Steve Watson Steve Watson is a decent defender and he has played in all of Everton’s opening 3 games of the season. He played well against Tottenham in the 1-1 draw and has had some good performances in the other 2 games. Centre Back – David Weir The Scottish defender is a solid player and he seems to be forming a good partnership with Alan Stubbs. He will need to be at his best this season to prevent Everton from conceding to many goals. Centre Back – Alan Stubbs Alan Stubbs finally joined Everton in the summer on a free transfer from Celtic. He has always supported them and he has already shown that he will become a great signing. He is a good defender and he will form a good partnership with David Weir. His power and accuracy in shooting is pretty good for a defender. Left Back – Alessandro Pistone The former Newcastle defender seems to be doing quite well on the left side of defence for Everton. He is a good player and he has started in all of Everton’s opening 3 games. Right Midfielder – Niclas Alexandersson Alexandersson is one of Everton’s best players. He is a great midfielder and he can score goals. He is also quite fast, which helps a lot when he takes on other players. I think he will score quite a few goals from his midfield position this season. Centre Midfielder – Mark Pembrid
                        ge Pembridge is in his 30’s but he is a good midfielder and a decent tackler. He has played for quite a few clubs in his career and he is another player who has started all of Everton’s opening 3 games. Centre Midfielder – Scott Gemmill Scott Gemmill is a good player and has made 15 caps for his country, Scotland. He hasn’t scored for them though and he doesn’t seem to score many goals for his club either. Left Midfielder – Thomas Gravesen Gravesen is an exciting player and a decent midfielder, but sadly for Everton, he is going to be out of action for about a month after he was injured in an incident involving Tottenham player Tarricco. Striker – Duncan Ferguson Ferguson is one of the strongest and most powerful strikers in the premiership. He doesn’t score as many goals as most Everton fans would want to see, but he does frighten defenders and he makes a good partner for Kevin Campbell. Striker – Kevin Campbell Kevin Campbell is a good finisher and he has formed a good partnership with Ferguson. Both players help each other out and I think that if they can do this all season, then they will score quite a lot of goals.

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                          24.10.2001 06:07
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                          They play football in a non-league match against Kingstonian, same game every week and they always lose 2-1 with a last minute penalty from John John John, completing his 2 goal hat trick. Everton City are hoping that 1 day they will end there 1076 game losing streak to nonw other than Kingstonian. I always bet on the score being 2-1 and I always win, funny that. Everton have 1 good player called, oh it don't matter can't remember his name. Thanks for reading, I know it is talent. Vodka

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                            29.09.2001 06:01
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                            So what's going on on the blue half of Stanley Park? In short, Walter Smith has been given no money, the club are in debt, a once big club are no longer anywhere near that kind of status anymore, and the players are substandard. That and the club are massively in debt, despite selling their best players for considerable sums. And I'm made up. Because I am a Kopite! However, I am not going to go taking the mickey out of their situation. Because, strange as it may sound, I think it's quite sad. While I can't say I'm overly upset about the situation that Everton find themselves in, I feel for a lot of my best mates who have to suffer the trials and tribulations of the club. The main problem appears to be that the club are stuck in a similar situation of self-delusion that we were a few years ago. Inside being realistic about the situation, but externally still living on past glories. It isn't as if the club is completely devoid of any ideas. Smith is actually a top manager, who has done tremendously well with the budget he has had. It looks as though he is about to be hounded out of the place by the fans though as I write. This would result in virtually instant relegation as far as I'm concerned. Everton are a club who will struggle to stay in the Premiership this season. While I'm quite happy with that overall, there's this nagging part of me that can't help but feel a bit sad about the situation.

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                              16.09.2001 20:06

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                              Everton have got off to a really good start this season, having played 3, won 2 and drawn the other, which they probably should have actually won. They have beaten both Charlton, 2-1 away, and Middlesborough, 2-0 at home, but they were disappointed to only draw 1-1 with Tottenham at home, seeing as Tottenham were reduced to 9 men with 25 minutes to go. Everton have shown in their first few matches that they are capable of doing better in the premiership that what they have been doing recently. Everton have got quite a few decent players in their squad and they are capable of doing better than what they have done over the past few seasons. I reckon their best players are Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Campbell, Nicholas Alexanderson and Paul Gerrard. Everton’s manager, Walter Smith, is one who is capable of winning things with clubs, which he did when he was in charge of Rangers, but he has yet to win anything with Everton since becoming their manager, although he has shown signs of improvement for the club. He is quite experienced and if he can keep his best players fit, Everton should have a good season. I think that Everton will finish around 16th this season, although they could do better.

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                              Everton have got off to a really good start this season, having played 3, won 2 and drawn the other, which they probably should have actually won. They have beaten both Charlton, 2-1 away, and Middlesborough, 2-0 at home, but they were disappointed to only draw 1-1 with Tottenham at home, seeing as Tottenham were reduced to 9 men with 25 minutes to go. Everton have shown in their first few matches that they are capable of doing better in the premiership that what they have been doing recently. Everton have got quite a few decent players in their squad and they are capable of doing better than what they have done over the past few seasons. I reckon their best players are Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Campbell, Nicholas Alexanderson and Paul Gerrard. Everton’s manager, Walter Smith, is one who is capable of winning things with clubs, which he did when he was in charge of Rangers, but he has yet to win anything with Everton since becoming their manager, although he has shown signs of improvement for the club. He is quite experienced and if he can keep his best players fit, Everton should have a good season. I think that Everton will finish around 13th this season, although they could do better.

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                            Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. The club compete in the Premier League and have contested more seasons in the top flight of English football than any other. They are one of the top five most successful English clubs in terms of major honours, having won the League Championship nine times, the FA Cup five times and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup once. The club's most recent major trophy was the 1995 FA Cup. Currently managed by David Moyes, the first team have experienced a period of inconsistency, with results under Moyes' tenure ranging from as low as 17th to as high as 4th. Everton have a notable rivalry with Liverpool F.C., who were formed after a dispute over the rent at Anfield, Everton's old ground, in 1892; since then Everton have been based at Goodison Park as a result of the split. The club enjoy a large fanbase and regularly attract sizeable crowds, having averaged over 36,000 people (around 90% of capacity) for home matches during the 2005–06 season.