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29 Dec 2020 20:55:53
The cancellation of the Everton verses Manchester City raises a few questions. I believe City will miss more than the Everton game and if this happens for say to City again I can see a scenario where they would not be able to fulfill all their League games so we would end up with an incomplete season. In that case which teams for example would go into next seasons European competitions? Would it be the teams occupying the top spots when the season is concluded? Or if the season was just cancelled would the teams who qualified for Europe last year just be entered again?
Maybe Ed002 can give some advice?


{Ed002's Note - The effort is to complete the season and many sides have had and will continue to have COVID-19 related issues. There is a proposal on the table to to draw a line across and call the table final if 50% of the games have been played - clubs will be against it so there is no vote. There is, like last season, no recourse to simply cancel the season. I expect it will be discussed again soon and realistically there is another lock down coming.}

1.) 29 Dec 2020 21:19:15
Thanks Ed002.

2.) 29 Dec 2020 23:43:33
I'm not upset about the game being cancelled so much as it's people's health at stake, it was very cloak an dagger.



08 Jun 2020 15:47:10
Regardless of all the crap in the newspapers about Everton making offers for players my prediction is that we will pay for one and get several on loan while of course moving out as many of the non-squad players as possible. Hopefully a few of the kids will step forward. Kenny will also be back, thought that he had a good game yesterday and scored a belter. Probably no good enough for the future but right now would be a good addition to the squad.


{Ed002's Note - That is not going to happen. Everton cannot have "several" players on loan.}

1.) 08 Jun 2020 17:12:21
Sorry ed002 my mistake, how many can they take on loan?

{Ed002's Note - Premier League clubs may register no more than four loan players over a season and no more than two at any one time and a maximum of one from any other club.}

2.) 08 Jun 2020 17:23:24
Sorry ed002 I should be more careful with my words, I really meant a couple (two) .

{Ed002's Note - You mean a brace.}

3.) 08 Jun 2020 19:52:21
New to the site and just looking at Ed’s point about Everton being in serious trouble ( or words to that effect) alongside the likes of Barca, Marseille, Aston Villa, Sheff Wednesday.
But I disagree about Everton, serious trouble says we need to sell Richarlison and Digne and bring in frees and loans.
We have a lot of money behind us, just held back by ffp at the moment and obviously C.V. now hasn’t helped. But Ancelotti hasn’t joined a team on the brink. And Moshiri is paying him and his team a 100m in salaries over the next 4.5yrs

I’ve heard of a few financial football experts and not Everton related. But have said we have big money behind us. What about spurs, furloughing staff getting a 175mil loan, Arsenal also apparently have no money, but Everton are on the verge of going broke.

If we are in trouble, then I fully expect the ground to put on hold for a few years. Let’s see. But I expect Everton to spend this summer, might not be a fortune but they will.

{Ed002's Note - Clearly you don’t grasp the issues that Everton has nor the FFP regulations. I have not said Everton are going broke and perhaps you don’t understand the issues at Spurs needing to pay for a new stadium not Arsenal with issues caused last season. The entire post is from a position of complete ignorance. Everton have been spending beyond their means - as I have repeatedly explained.}

4.) 11 Jun 2020 19:12:21
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03 May 2020 20:13:05
Sorry to hear about Koeman, wish him a speedy recovery.


1.) 03 May 2020 23:08:23
I think its crazy how so many footballers have heart problems. you'd think they were near superhuman compared to us mere mortals. wish him a speedy recovery.

2.) 07 May 2020 14:46:15
It does seem strange but underlying heart issues can effect the fittest of people, I’m into cycling and few months ago Team Ineos sporting director died suddenly of heart attack he was 40 and ex pro who was extremely fit and healthy, it’s very worrying for rest of his who don’t lead a healthy lifestyle like athletes.

3.) 08 May 2020 08:09:34
It is no mystery at all. As in all very active occupations, Sport (particularly in the pro ranks) , Military, Fire Service etc! Once those retire or cease, then it takes a great deal of physical and in particular mental fortitude to keep the body at such a high fitness level or near as damn it. In not doing so the body begins to ease back. Witness the amount of ex Military in dire straits. I and many many others who had such professions, have been able to adjust. We are the lucky one's.



09 Dec 2018 14:14:13
Improvement has been pretty rapid under Brandt and Silva. A better recruitment policy, targeting younger players with potential and mainly focusing on improving the balance of the squad. The playing style has improved markedly, away from the dull style of last years managers to a attacking style easy on the eye. Players seem to better understand their role in the team and appear to be enthusiastic and committed to the Silva style of play.

We also now have an owner who is capable of moving us forward and that is not a criticism of Bill who did his best for us over many difficult years.
Some things however never seem to change. I am now 78 and went to my first game at 6 years of age. Of course we have had golden periods, too long ago unfortunately, but I would be a rich man if I had received a pound for every time it has been said that we would be a great team but for the lack of one or two players. Right now we need a top centre forward who can score goals and probably a right-winger who can also score.

It has also been said many times that if we could convert some of our draws into wins we would be more often in the top six. Well as of today we have five draws out of fifteen games, some against teams that we should have beaten especially in home games.

And then we come to playing at Anfield. How many times do that lot win at the last moment? It is so inevitable I can't stand to watch the end of the game.
So many things to rejoice about as the Holliday season approaches. Still work for Brands and Silva to do and unlike previous administrations, I have every confidence that they will correct the deficiencies as soon as practical and possible.
So for all fellow Blues and Eds I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year with thanks to all the Eds who do a great job on this site.





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01 Sep 2021 12:16:46
Well I have mixed feelings about this transfer window. On one hand I am pleased that we have not made the mistake of previous windows and not brought in expensive misfits. In Grey we have the sort of player who I expect Brands to be spotting, young and inexpensive, with obvious talent.
On the other hand I do expect Brands to be identifying and recruiting more young and talented players. We have lost a young left-back and sent out another on loan so both left-back and right-back are still areas that could possibly be a problem this year.
What I expect from Brands is identification and recruitment of the next generation of
Everton players, i. e. a long term plan and I don't see enough of that IMHO.


1.) 01 Sep 2021 13:25:15
I suppose its the same at every club tbh mate. Not many of us fans really know what the clubs do with their youth recruitment until players come through the door.
With regards to the full back positions, I'm glad they have let one of the young players out on loan rather than getting a game here or there in the cup. That will give him plenty of playing time and minutes under his belt. I think we have left back covered with Godfrey and we have both Kenny and Holgate that can cover right back. Not ideal but it should see us through to the next window.

2.) 01 Sep 2021 13:30:53
Now the dust has settled, we can be pleased that no major risks have been taken, as you said Mike. In short, we got ourselves into this mess. No doubt, we’re short, at full back especially. Silver lining, hopefully, is that there’ll be opportunities for u23s to make a name for themselves.
Mid table would be ok this year. More to leave in June (Delph, Siggy etc, on big wages) . By then, Benitez and Brands will have no excuse and should have identified the 3/ 4 key players that can take us to the next level.

3.) 01 Sep 2021 17:01:13
Blue Mike you say you don't see enough of it. Well I don't think we've seen any of it. From what was touted of brands when he came in I was expecting we bring through 1 player a year from our youth system. We've not seen any. The fact we have 2 GK on the bench must prove Rafa doesn't rate them as well.

4.) 01 Sep 2021 17:40:43
Mid table will not be ok. We have to qualify for Europe otherwise we are just standing still. European football generates money, money needed to improve the squad. It’s not simply about getting rid of players, who let’s be honest will have little sell on value.
So no Europe no 30m+ players coming in = no progression.

5.) 01 Sep 2021 18:09:55
How quick do you think kids grow? You perception of how human beings work is extremely skewed.

It takes 18 years for a human to grow to an adult age. Given that he has only been here for three years, it's going to take a few more to get any into the 1st team.

On a serious note, he's been here for 3 years, the 1st will be to assess the club never mind the youth set up. Then he needs to get the right people and set up at the club, then for the philosophy to be adapted by the staff then the players. Young players will take 3,4 5 years to learn their trade, then either train with the 1st team or go out on loan.

Eventually they may break through or go for a fee somewhere else.

I keep saying this but for youth, you are looking at 5 years for this to really bare fruit. We produce decent youth players at the moment but none that really break through. Its a handful in 30 years that went on to play for our 1st team.

We just need to be patient.

6.) 01 Sep 2021 19:31:39
Sadly his changes work from the bottom up, we have no real idea what's happening lower down the clubs foundations and as bluejohn says these youngsters need time, not forgetting moshri had some dodgy advisors messing stuff up, and also he couldn't sign any youth players for 2 years, that will have put a big dent in plans.
We are paying the price for our splash the cash policy and moshri's advisor meddling probably.

7.) 01 Sep 2021 23:03:23
Or they refuse to sign a contract and bugger off for peanuts to another club.



24 Aug 2021 01:16:22
For those living in the US the Huddersfield game is on ESPN+ at 2:30pm EST,


{Ed0666's Note - what part of the states you in Mike?

1.) 24 Aug 2021 03:17:36
Connecticut, lived here since 1978 when I was transferred here by my Company. Still getting rain from Henri but no power outage so can watch the game.

{Ed0666's Note - F’in hell you’re nearly as old as Eds 025 mate. Do you need help with the internet and turning the tv on aswell? You live in a gorgeous part of the world mate good for you mate.

2.) 24 Aug 2021 12:04:38
Ed0666 I was born in the sub-district of Everton, Liverpool in 1940 with bombs dropping all around so you work it out how old I am Ed. I came from what they called a mixed marriage in the this days, my fathers family supported Everton and my Mother's Liverpool. My father took me to my first Everton game when was six and that was it, I was hooked. My cousins tried to convert me to the dark side but I was not tempted.
As far as Ed025 is concerned I believe that I am fitter than him, more intelligent and better looking by all accounts but he is one of us so is a keeper. If I have any problems with the internet or any of these new fangled gadgets I ask the kids or grandchildren for help, it's little reward for the financial problems that they have cause me to be in. If I want the TV to be turned on or off I get the wife to do it, one advantage of marrying a younger woman.



23 Aug 2021 22:27:36
It's getting close to the end of the transfer window and yet again we have all sorts of speculation in the press. I just hope that if we are sensible this time. If we can't get in players that will strengthen the squad at reasonable cost and wages then don't sign anyone. We have had enough of poor buys at elevated wages that prove difficult or at the worst impossible to move on. It is going to take a few years for the club to get out of the mess that they are in and everyone needs to be patient. We have sufficient quality in the present squad together with some of the youngsters developing to do reasonably well this season. What we don't need is to spend poorly and just extend the problems.




04 Jul 2021 14:55:14
Bloody hell, I was at Wembley in 1995 when we last won anything. I was a young 55, now an old 81. My son was just out of University and now he is almost as old as I was in 1995.
Now we are reported to want to sell 10 players, we have yet another manager who needs time to get things sorted out and we are in a mess, once again.
Will somebody please tell those in charge of the club that some of us are running out of time. I would like to be able to see us win something, anything and would be willing to attend in a wheel chair if it comes to that. It's not much to ask is it!


1.) 04 Jul 2021 15:36:43
Stick with it Mike. I'm sure this is a conversation a lot of us had. Although a kid my uncle (My Dad was a rednose) took me to 66 FA Cup Semi and Final. Vivid and great memories that totally eclipse England winning World Cup.

My lad, a kid at the time has a sort of memory of 1995. We've been together to Wembley since but no success.

I do feel lucky having tasted success and seen great football too and am proud of the younger Blues who have stuck with it for no reward.

Got a picture of the two far away grandsons sent today in their Everton kits. Gives me hope and optimism for the future.

Bucket list to have all three generations of us in new ground and for them and fellow Blues to finally get a trophy. It's long overdue.

2.) 04 Jul 2021 16:24:26
Hi Tedster,
I was at the 1966 final also. What a match, I still have the Football Echo write-up about the game and look at it from time to time just to remind myself that it can be done. I've been to Wembley twice to see Everton win both times so I must be a lucky charm so need to go next time that they get to the final.
I am also lucky enough to have seen us win the league, not many of us left. I also feel sorry for the younger generation and hopefully Rafa (almost wrote the "fat Spanish waiter" must stop doing that! ) can bring us some success.

{Ed0666's Note - You're 81 and you know how to use the t’internet? That’s impressive Mike. Can you show eds 025 how to turn a computer on please?

3.) 04 Jul 2021 17:57:17
At 41, the 95 cup final is the only think I’ve ever had to shout about. Too young to enjoy the success of the 80s.
At least under Moyes we had an identity, and players that bought into it. As exciting as it is to sign players like James, I wonder if we need to aim for young, hungry, less well known players - just look at Godfrey as an example of the quality that’s available in the Championship.
Hopeful that Benetiz will oversee the much needed clear out and build on the handful of good players we have.
Interesting few weeks ahead.

4.) 04 Jul 2021 21:40:26
probly my highlights with me being in 30s is fa cup final and champions league play off before group stage hardly something to shout from rooftops but yeah hopefully we will win few trophys in years to come.

5.) 04 Jul 2021 22:19:14
Blimey Mike I'm only 66 and was getting worried, if we can win a cup I'll happily push you up Wembley Way to see it.

6.) 04 Jul 2021 22:22:27
Blimey Mike, I'm only 66 and was beginning to think i'd seen our last trophy in my lifetime (at least I've seen a few) , but I'd happily push you up Wembley Way to see one more.

7.) 04 Jul 2021 23:34:25
84/ 85 my first real season. I was 9/ 10. Never thought I would witness this. Went to semis and finals. Luton Town and bayern stick out the most in my mind. couldn't go to rotterdam (for obvious reasons) but we all thought it won't be too long till I can get to another European final. Well its 36 yrs later and hopefully rafa can make my dream come true. Live in hope, not despair. Coyb.

{Ed0666's Note - I would bet a large amount of eds 001’s savings Rafa will win you an FA Cup

8.) 04 Jul 2021 23:41:28
Ed0666, that's why you have Grandkids mate, you give them money and they show you how to use these new fangled gadgets. Clever little buggers, they know everything. Still haven't learned how to use my thumbs to write on the phone though!

{Ed0666's Note - that’s why god invented pens mate!!!

9.) 04 Jul 2021 23:45:08
Thanks Rickee, depends on how long it takes for Rafa to get us to the new Wembley. At the moment I could make it without much trouble but if he takes more than three years I might have to take you up on your kind offer.

10.) 05 Jul 2021 07:53:32
For my sins, background is in engineering, comms and then moving into computers, programming and software. Not surprising to me though, I am like most of us old gits and have no clue how to use a mobile phone. When out, especially with 'younger' friends; phone goes off, requiring a text answer, it us immediately handed over to them for rapid thumb action. 😅.

{Ed025's Note - i still type with one finger after all these years DFS.. :)



20 Apr 2021 20:01:39
Seems to me that it is poor judgment to announce the breakaway league at present with over 3 million deaths due to C.V. and empty stadiums. Who knows when we will get back to "normal" and full stadiums if ever.
There is a good chance that this new league will happen, too much money involved and American owners who don't care about fans, only about profits. It's all based on the NFL model with no relegation/ promotion and guaranteed income.
The big unknown is what will the premier league look like when this happens. The six teams could stay in or could be left out. If in the six would dominate more than they do now, with more money and top players and management. If left out it would be a slow death for the premier league. Either scenario does not bode well for football as we know it.
Our only hope in my humble opinion is that some of the owners who bought into this concept change their minds, at least in the short term.


1.) 20 Apr 2021 21:18:21
Shame it’s not based on the NFL with the salary cap as well.

2.) 21 Apr 2021 00:09:33
People say dominate but last 6 seasons 4 different clubs have won the title, that’s not domination.




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10 Sep 2021 14:07:01
The problem last year was that CA treated James like a little child and let him get away with his antics. Rafa is a different proposition, he will come down hard on James and that maybe is what James needs. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, a fully fit and fully committed James would be an asset to our squad.




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21 Aug 2021 16:55:08
We need a center-half (maybe two) and a right-back soon!




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17 Aug 2021 22:31:05
I would rather have Rafavolution myself.




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07 Aug 2021 14:35:26
I can understand the frustration. Rafa has probably the most difficult managerial job of his life trying to mold this lot into a good footballing side. I don't believe that the previous managers have been all that bad apart from Big Sam but nobody so far has been successful, hopefully Rafa will be the first.


{Ed025's Note - we all do mike, but its one hell of a challenge mate..



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04 Aug 2021 01:17:07
I would give 110% every game Guernsey but it would not be enough. We need young talented players with potential who will also give 110% every game. Come on Brands, work your magic and earn your big bucks.





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13 Sep 2021 22:23:24
Good win, last year we would have crumbled after going 1-0 down. I thought that we were better balanced when Gomes came on, before that we were too defensive, we need flair players in the middle. I hope that James is given a chance at some time.


{Ed025's Note - rafa tried something different and it never worked mike, but he had the balls to realise the mistake and changed it, thats the sign of a good manager mate..



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07 Sep 2021 19:56:45
Well if the club allowed him to go to Ibiza its the clubs fault. If James went without permission and will now miss two games why can't the club fine him?




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04 Sep 2021 21:43:30
Just read that Rafa would not agree to recruiting right-backs that he was not convinced would be worth it financially. If so we are lucky to have a Manager, at last, who will only support sensible recruiting.




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02 Sep 2021 18:59:41
Unfortunately they don't tolerate lazy sods over here! I'm afraid we are stuck with him for a while. Maybe Rafa can get him playing more often but the relationship between them is poor for a reason.




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01 Sep 2021 17:07:38
We started off pretty well last season also. Hopefully unlike last season we can keep it going when the injuries and suspensions kick in.