Obstructed View – Reflections on the Man City (H) Game

Well, that was a strange atmosphere. Whether it was that 5th place had been secured, that thoughts of European adventures to come were mistily coming in to focus, or whether there was an ambivalence amongst some as to whether we really wanted to win the game, the crowd seemed rather muted at times yesterday. The … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on the Man City (H) Game

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Would the return of Jack Rodwell be good business?

If recent reports in the media are to be believed, Everton were close to bringing Jack Rodwell back to Goodison Park on deadline day, with the deal only being thwarted by Manchester City’s own failure in the transfer market. Although Roberto Martinez made it clear throughout January that he wanted to bring in a central … Continue reading Would the return of Jack Rodwell be good business?

The unfortunate tale of Michael Ball

When Michael Ball burst on to the scene during the latter part of the 1996-97 season he looked set for a long and distinguished career with Everton. A local boy and a passionate Evertonian, (despite having begun his youth career at Anfield) Ball was a shining light in a difficult time to be a Blue. … Continue reading The unfortunate tale of Michael Ball

Should Everton bring back Jack Rodwell?

Over the last couple of days there have been growing rumours of a potential return to Goodison Park for academy graduate Jack Rodwell. The Birkdale born youngster is still only 22 years old, but has already packed a lot into a fractured career that, despite been regularly disrupted by injury, has always been one of … Continue reading Should Everton bring back Jack Rodwell?

Can Everton overcome their inability to win away at the ‘big four’?

Will Martinez make a difference or is it difficult to win whoever is in charge? The game against Manchester City last weekend posed one of the more difficult away tests faced during the Premier League calendar. As the season slowly edges towards Christmas, a look at the winter fixture list shows that Everton face a … Continue reading Can Everton overcome their inability to win away at the ‘big four’?

Seamus Coleman in focus – Outstanding but always learning

The last two Premier League games have brought mixed emotions, particularly for Seamus Coleman, who was outstanding against Newcastle United last Monday night, only to suffer at the hands of the impressive Manchester City attack on the Saturday. Seamus Coleman has certainly made the right back position his own over the last 12 months and … Continue reading Seamus Coleman in focus – Outstanding but always learning

Blue weekly – Nothing but the Best

A week that started so brilliantly with a fantastic win over Newcastle United, ended with the return of Nil Satis Nisi Optimum but disappointingly a defeat in Manchester, with the Blues failing to capitalise on an early goal at the Etihad Stadium, to lose 3-1 to Manchester City. Monday Everton propelled themselves into the top … Continue reading Blue weekly – Nothing but the Best

The Blue Match Review: Manchester City 3-1 Everton

St Dom-index Tim Howard - 7 Seamus Coleman - 7.5 Phil Jagielka - 7 Sylvain Distin - 7 Leighton Baines - 7.5 Kevin Mirallas - 6 James McCarthy - 8 Leon Osman - 6.5 Ross Barkley - 7 Steven Naismith - 7 Romelu Lukaku - 7 Used Subs Arouna Kone - n/a Gerard Deulofeu - … Continue reading The Blue Match Review: Manchester City 3-1 Everton

Obstructed View – Reflections on Man City game

I'm not sure that I can truly claim an obstructed view this week, other than the fact that I may be blinded to reality by being obsessed with a series of referee decisions, or actually non-decisions. Viewed from the privacy of my own sofa, as usual I bow to anyone with a different view from … Continue reading Obstructed View – Reflections on Man City game

Everton travel to Manchester looking to heap more misery on City

Everton will make the trip down the East Lancs Road to face Manchester City in high spirits. Roberto Martinez' Blues are the only team in the Premier League with an unbeaten record to defend and make the short journey looking to make it four consecutive league wins. This lunch time kick off will see Everton … Continue reading Everton travel to Manchester looking to heap more misery on City