There’s nothing quite as unexpectedly glorious as a last-minute winner. Settling down and considering the ramifications of earning a single point, considering whether the performance had merited more, readying yourself for the journey home when, suddenly, it happens. The ball hits the back of the net, and the world is turned upside down. You embrace […]
With two minutes to go in Everton’s Premier League clash with Arsenal in October 2002, a satisfied Bill Kenwright vacated his seat and left Goodison Park. He had every right to be pleased. The Blues had held the league leaders, who had won seven and drawn two of their opening nine games, to a 1-1 […]
2013 brought a summer of change at Everton. David Moyes’ 11-year stay was over, his backroom staff cleared, the club ready to move in a new direction. Candidates were rumoured, scrutinised and pre-assessed. Porto’s Vitor Pereira was in the frame. So too Ralf Ragnick. Michael Laudrup was also mooted. European football hipsters dreamed of Favre, […]
Many great footballers have appeared in the royal blue of Everton. Many more will. Yet it is unlikely that any will surpass the achievement of one William Ralph Dean, known now as ‘Dixie’ – not that Dean appreciated the moniker. Signed for just £3,000 from Tranmere Rovers, Dean notched 32 goals in his first full […]
Chico previews Arsenal v Everton
Chicoazul previews Everton v Arsenal
A tactical breakdown of Arsenal v Everton
Goodison is packed, but there’s not much noise. Z Cars is playing, but it seems somehow more sombre, even listless, than it has ever sounded before. The players are trudging out, fans sat silently, until there is an announcement on the PA system and Goodison Park erupts into rapturous applause. The minute of adulation was […]
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