As Christmas approaches, all Evertonian’s have been given the gift of hope from Santa Martinez, with Champions League qualification a real possibility. As Everton approach the half way mark of the season, Martinez’s blues are in true contention at the top of the table, mixing it with the big boys of the Premier League. However, … Continue reading Make or break Festive Season for Everton
I'm always a bit wary when I read statistics.... "Everton unbeaten at Goodison Park in the League in 2013". "Everton have only lost one game all season". And most worrying of the lot - "Fulham have never won at Goodison Park". It's as if these stats only come out just as records of their type … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Fulham Game
Saturday 23rd November 1985 In front of 27,860 fans at Goodison Park league champions Everton had to settle for a share of the spoils with Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest. After a goalless first half the second half was a lot more entertaining with both sides searching for a vital 3 points to propel them back … Continue reading Everton in the 80s – Everton 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Our Everton in the 80s feature is focusing on Blues defence of the Division One league title during the 1985-86 season. Everton are right back in the championship race after a hard-fought 4-3 win over Ipswich Town increased the pressure on the teams above them in the league table. There are lots of midweek Milk Cup … Continue reading Everton in the 80s – Everton begin preparation for the arrival of Clough’s Forest
With the poorly timed international break upon us, there is literally nothing better to do this week other than crack open the old chestnut about the pairing of Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar. It is probably far too early in the season to be making any real reflections about anything, but when there is no … Continue reading Is Leighton Baines less effective without Steven Pienaar?
Everton bring their pre-season campaign to a close with a home fixture against Spanish side Real Betis. The Saville based side will be the third consecutive Spanish opponents for the Toffees, who will be looking to end a run of two successive defeats. Roberto Martinez will be eagerly awaiting his first game in charge of … Continue reading Match Preview: Everton vs Real Betis
Oldham Athletic 2-2 Everton Just like in 1990 Everton looked set to progress to the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup only to be pegged back by Oldham, as a last gasp goal consigned Everton to a replay at Goodison Park. If David Moyes wants to see progress both on and off the field before … Continue reading Drawing like it’s 1990, but Wembley feels close again
I had two guests with me for the Villa game at the weekend, experiencing Goodison in all its glory for the first time. The pair, both supporters of Nottingham Forest are chasing attendance at all 92 league grounds in England and Wales and are currently three quarters of the way through their quest. They were … Continue reading The Everton Experience – a neutral perspective