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MATCH REPORT: Burnley 2-1 Everton



Last time Everton took on Burnley, Samuel Eto’o scored a brace. Yes he did actually play for us.

If Lukaku was to score today he’d have scored 50 goals in the Premier League for Everton, joining just Duncan Ferguson and Tim Cahill on that list (PL only that is).

The first half saw Everton dominate possession, and Kevin Mirallas had an effort saved early on, but Everton couldn’t make the possession count.

Defensive disarray saw Burnley score just before half time, with Stekelenburg’s save going to their striker to easily poke home.

Half time saw Ronald Koeman have a face like thunder.

Everton emerged unchanged for the second half, and Seamus Coleman was lucky not to be sent off early on. Then midway through the half, Yannick Bolasie scored for Everton, making it 1-1.

This seemed to spur the blues (in yellow today) on to a spell of pressure. Mirallas made way for Deulofeu with 20 mins to go, shortly followed by Tom Cleverley coming on for Gana.

In the dying moments, Burnley won a free kick and this was converted, following the ball striking the crossbar, to make it 2-1. Defensively poor, and then Enner Valencia is introduced followed by a Gareth Barry yellow card.

All in all a disappointing day and one that we’ve thrown away.

So although we were a (the) better team in the second half, it’s a case of must do better.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Burnley vs Everton



Everton travel to Turf Moor on Saturday looking to build on an excellent overall start to the season, despite having not won in the previous four outings in all competitions.


Aaron Lennon returns but Leighton Baines will miss Saturday’s trip to Burnley after suffering a setback with his recent hamstring injury.

Burnley meanwhile will be without Steven Defour.

What do you think the Everton team will be? Predict your side below;





⚽️ | @setoo9 and @RomeluLukaku9 were on target when we travelled to @BurnleyOfficial two years ago.

— Everton (@Everton) October 19, 2016


  • Dean Marney has scored three Premier League goals in his career and all three have been against Everton (two for Spurs in January 2005 and one for Hull in November 2009). Marney is [7.5] to score.
  • The Toffees are unbeaten in their last 11 away Premier League games against newly promoted sides (W4 D7) since losing 2-1 to Reading in November 2012.
  • Burnley have scored in each of their last 18 home league games against Everton – only against Fulham (24) and Aston Villa (35) do they have a longer active run.
  • No Everton manager has won more points from their first eight Premier League games in charge than Ronald Koeman (15 – level with Roberto Martinez).
  • Tom Heaton has made 39 saves this season in the Premier League, at least eight more than any other keeper. 11 of those came in his last match against Southampton, the most by a keeper in a Premier League game this season.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored six times in his last five Premier League games, this after failing to score in 11.
  • Yannick Bolasie has set up Romelu Lukaku three times this season – a joint-league high for one player assisting another.
  • The Clarets have scored just nine times in their last 20 Premier League games, failing to score on 13 occasions in that spell. Everton are 1.94 to keep a clean sheet.


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Nothing will be the same – in Everton’s boardroom?



Nothing will be the same

So said the strapline from Everton’s marketing department.

Well, in the light of Chris Matheson’s comments at yesterday’s House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee we have a chance to make those words come true.

Under parliamentary privilege, Matheson said: “I understand that Sir Philip Green had something of a role of shadow director at Everton, including having PWC (accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Cooper) conduct an audit of the club and summoning the chief executive and the team manager to BHS headquarters to discuss transfer budgets.”

“If someone has paid for some shares through someone else and through an entity in the British Virgin Islands, but isn’t a director, would that a problem?”

He also asked questions on Vibrac and BCR Sports.

“Vibrac is an offshore entity….which I believe provided finance to Everton , West Ham, Fulham, Reading and Southampton.

“And I understand it has provided £150m worth of finance to European clubs, including those clubs I just stated, in 2013.

“And I believe Vibrac is registered in the British Virgin Islands. Does it ring any bells?”

On BCR Sports, Matheson added: “Until March 2016, Robert Earl was a director of Everton – and I should say I am a season ticket holder at Everton – declared 23% of the ownership at Everton through BCR Sports, registered in the British Virgin Islands.

“However, a previous director and, in fact, the previous owner of those shares, Paul Gregg, says he wasn’t paid for those shares that were transferred to Robert Earl , by Robert Earl or even by BCR Sports … by Sir Phillip Green who was not registered as a director at Everton.”

An opportunity to provide clarity on the past, and the future

Here’s the opportunity to provide clarity on the past, and perhaps more importantly clarity about the future in terms of ownership plans, investment, and importantly greater clarity for smaller shareholders and fans, plus a commitment to the highest levels of corporate governance.

As a club we excel in so many matters, our community work, our commitment to former players are without exception, superior to any other Premier League Club. With the recruitment of Koeman, his team and Steve Walsh it’s evident we are making progress on the pitch and will continue to do so.

The one area where, at least in my eyes, we are miles behind some of our competitors, and certainly far from best practice is the management, financial reporting and communications from the club.

The argument goes of course, that as a private company, there is no legal requirement to provide information beyond statutory requirements, and whilst that is true, does it fit in with the requirements and demands for the 21st Century, particularly an institution so embedded in its local community and fanbase?

I, and I’m sure thousands of others, don’t believe current disclosure levels are fit for purpose. As a result barriers are created when there’s no need for them. In addition, suspicions arise as to the reasons for non-disclosure, all of which damage the brand of Everton FC.

Furthermore if even some of the claims made about Everton’s financing and ownership in the past happen to be true, then existing shareholders (and fans) need to be informed, and if necessary bring to account the perpetrators of any potential wrong doings, misinformation and omissions.

So what’s to be done?

  • Full disclosure of the circumstances around the alleged involvement of Philip Green and/or any other non-disclosed parties, including financing arrangements for the club, financing arrangements of shareholders, and involvement in the management and running of the club.
  • If those circumstances differ from those reported and communicated by the club or its officials an explanation as to why it differs, and the repercussions for individuals involved in those differences including the removal of any officers and directors proven to have misled fans and shareholders.
  • A commitment from the major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri for greater openness in the future.
  • An explanation of the future ownership of the club, new directors, our stadium plans – an expansion on the plans he briefly articulated early in the year.

We are striving for excellence on the pitch, we are achieving excellence in the community around us, the only area where that does not appear to be happening is in the boardroom. Yet that should be the easiest area to fix.

If we really mean “nothing will be the same” prove it by making good any alleged wrongdoing in the past, and provide greater clarity and disclosure about the future. By doing so you’ll demonstrate strength and integrity and win the support of all supporters, making us a stronger and better club in the process.

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One year on from the death of Howard Kendall, Evertonians have again been enjoying a drink to celebrate the life of Howard Kendall.

#ForHoward started last year on the weekend of Howard Kendall’s funeral, and it did so again on the anniversary of the passing of Everton’s greatest ever manager.

A selection of contributions have again been captured in a Storify;

[View the story “#ForHoward 2016” on Storify]

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Man City 1-1 Everton



Everton travelled to the Etihad Stadium to face the league leaders and manager Ronald Koeman surprised a few by dropping Ross Barkley to the bench and in so doing giving Gerard Deulofeu a rare start. City relegated Aguero to the bench following a midweek knock playing for Argentina, and having missed another penalty against Paraguay (watch this space).

Everton lined up: Stekelenburg, Oviedo, Williams, Jagielka, Coleman, Barry, Cleverley, Gana Gueye, Bolasie, Lukaku and Deulofeu.

City lined up: Bravo, Fernandinho, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Silva, Gundogan, Sane, Sterling, De Bruyne and Iheanacho.

Micheal Oliver being the referee.

As most would have expected, City started on the front foot keen to put the defeat at Tottenham behind them, forcing Everton back right from the outset. Pep Guardiola seemingly had told Sane and Sterling to stay high up the field to pressurise Oviedo and Coleman respectively and so cutting out any early thoughts of the Everton fullbacks breaking forward.

Referee Oliver turned away early half-hearted appeals for a City penalty when Sane went down rather too easily when Oviedo made contact with his foot, and Oviedo was again involved getting a telling deflection on a De Bruyne shot to send it over for a corner.

It was all City, but Everton were defending well and were not overly threatened even when Gareth Barry brought Sterling down on the edge of the box and the De Bruyne free kick was easily dealt with. A full length of the pitch move by City saw Sterling send in a low shot that Stekelenburg easily saved. Phil Jagielka was next in on the deflection act turning a Silva shot over the bar for another corner on 26 minutes.

City to be fair were well on top and dominating the possession, but Everton were defending stoutly and not panicking under the pressure. De Bruyne, for all his involvement, was not hitting the heights expected of a £50 million signing and he pulled another shot wide when he really should have hit the target.

Having survived well past the half hour, Everton tried to get forward and enjoyed a couple of minutes in the City half with Bolasie and Deulofeu testing the home rear guard with pace and a couple of crosses.

The key moment of the half came on 42 minutes as City worked their way into the box and a twisting, turning David Silva went down as Jags stuck out a leg and Michael Oliver had the easiest of decisions in pointing to the penalty spot.

De Bruyne stepped up and fired the spot kick hard, but at a nice height and not in the corner, and Maarten Stekelenburg made a fine save diving to his left and send the teams for their half-time cup of tea and slice of orange tied at 0-0.

Everton began the second half much more positively and when Bolasie fed Deulofeu on the left flank, the mercurial Spaniard tested Bravo from just outside the box to earn a first corner. At the other end, City responded with Silva finding Sane wide right and his cross to the near post saw Stekelenburg deny Iheanacho.

That was to be his last involvement as shortly after he was withdrawn in favour of Sergio Aguero and Ronald Koeman instantly countered by sending James McCarthy on for Deulofeu.

Evertons’ brief flirtation with positivity was quickly stifled by City and the home side returned to dominating the play, Jags and Wiliams making key defensive plays. However, Citys’ dominance was totally indone on 64 minutes as Lukaku was found on the left flank on half way and he set off towards goal with one defender, Clichy, between him and Bravo. Clichy kept backing off and Rom duly sealed his fate with a feint, drop of the shoulder and shot that beat Bravo for a simply stunning solo effort.

Barely five minutes later and Jags committed another foul in the box, this time on Aguero and once again, Michael Oliver had no other course than to point to the spot. The Argentinian did exactly the same as De Bruyne had and Maarten Stekelenburg repeated his first half heroics with another diving save to his left.

City though would not be denied and from a 71st minute left wing cross from Silva, Nolito buried a free header from the edge of the six-yard box.

The home side were now pouring forward in search of a winner and after Coleman was booked for time-wasting taking a throw in, Stekelenburg produced a magnificent full length diving save to deny a howitzer from De Bruyne.

Kevin Mirallas replaced Bolasie with less than eight minutes to play and Everton survived a defensive mix-up before Ashley Williams was booked following a collision with De Bruyne.

City threw Vincent Kompany on in a last ditch effort to take the points while RoKo again reacted quickly replacing Cleverley with Funes Mori as the board signalling four added minutes was brandished on the side line.

Gareth Barry, having had another superb game, was brought down by Fernandinho and needed treatment taking us well past the four added minutes and finally Michael Oliver blew for time a thoroughly deserved point.

On reflection, City – in my opinion – were guilty of overloading their offensive options with a game plan that they thought would swamp Everton. They had, if it’s possible, too many options and in De Bruyne, a player who does so much good work only to let himself down with poor finishing. Remember his for Wolfsburg at Goodison when he alone outshot us and we won 4-0 ??

From an Evertonian point of view, this was a display of defensive resolve and determination to take the point we began the game with. For so, so long on the back foot, we defended magnificently in the face of overwhelming City possession but and it’s a big but, in the goal that Romelu Lukaku scored and the manner in which it came, we clearly demonstrated that Pep Guardiola still has a few things to learn about the game in the UK.

As for the man of the match, surely it has to be double penalty saver Maarten Stekelenburg?

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Farhad Moshiri visits Bramley Moore Dock



An Everton delegation led by Farhad Moshiri have been pictured visiting a potential site for the Blues’ new stadium.

The club’s majority shareholder was in Liverpool today to view land at both the Bramley Moore Dock on the waterfront and at Stonebridge Cross in Croxteth.

These pictures from the Liverpool Echo show the Everton party at the waterfront site where Moshiri was shown around a plot where the club could build themselves a new home.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson was joined by Bill Kenwright, Sasha Ryazantsev, Jon Woods, Robert Elstone and Denise Barrett-Baxendale as part of the group assessing the land on the banks of the River Mersey, along with American architect Dan Meis who is reported to be consulting Everton on their potential new ground.

Evertonians it's time to get very excited:

— Peter Guy (@Getintothis) October 14, 2016

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SIX Everton fixtures moved



SIX of Everton’s Premier League fixtures in December and January have been rescheduled for live broadcast.

Fixtures against Manchester United, Watford, Arsenal, Liverpool, Hull City and Manchester City have all been moved to accommodate Sky Sports and BT Sport.



⚽️ Man United (H)
✅ Now: Sun 4 December, 4pm
❌ Previously: Sat 3 December, 3pm
? Live on Sky Sports

— Everton (@Everton) October 14, 2016


⚽️ Watford (A)
✅ Now: Sat 10 December, 12.30pm
❌ Previously: Sat 10 December, 3pm
? Live on Sky Sports

— Everton (@Everton) October 14, 2016


⚽️ Arsenal (H)
✅ Now: Tues 13 December, 7.45pm
❌ Previously: Wed 14 December, 7.45pm
? Live on BT Sport

— Everton (@Everton) October 14, 2016


⚽️ Liverpool (H)
✅ Now: Mon 19 December, 8pm
❌ Previously: Sat 17 December, 3pm
? Live on Sky Sports

— Everton (@Everton) October 14, 2016


⚽️ Hull City (A)
✅ Now: Fri 30 December, 8pm
❌ Previously: Sat 31 December, 3pm
? Live on Sky Sports

— Everton (@Everton) October 14, 2016


⚽️ Man City (H)
✅ Now: Sun 15 January, 1.30pm
❌ Previously: Sat 14 January, 3pm
? Live on Sky Sports

— Everton (@Everton) October 14, 2016

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Man City v Everton Preview


Gallagher Man City

It seems like ages doesn’t it? Out of sight out of mind maybe but that weekend distraction of ours, la cosa nostra, is returning for a few more weeks.

And what a way to start it all, with a visit to domestic-violence-&-everyone-owns-a-part-share-in-a-greyhound-City.


About that international break though.

The international break was brought in on the proviso it would benefit the England team by allowing more time for squad and tactical familiarisation, and preparation time for the games. Prior to it international games was played in midweek with full league fixtures book ending the week itself.

Well you can be the judge if it’s been a success, see a few million small town fat Brexiters with erectile dysfunction and crap tattoos fume this week, but if the policy hasn’t worked then far from me to say but doesn’t that merit a revoking of the policy or new strategy?

Let’s cut to the chase: international football is dull and for dull people. It needs to be carefully managed so fans don’t end up resenting it. Or scrap it for summer qualifying tournaments. Something, anything. Just not this continued interruptions to something most care about most.


Onwards Evertonians. How did we do last time out? It was the Crystal Palace game wasn’t it? It’s fair to say the honeymoon is over as we’ve witnessed Ronald Koeman farting, hell some of you have even smelled it, and it’s just us and Ronald in a room with a bunch of eagerly anticipated Argos vouchers and a lifetime of chronic decline until one of you dies or one of you has an affair and gets caught.

Makes it sound negative but it’s not, Everton have toughened up their defence but this squad isn’t good enough to finish top four so our aims is top half of table with a whiff of Europe if we get some momentum. Of course it’s not good enough for Everton and our new found supposed riches, but it’s better than the past couple of years, and nearly as good as the entire decade before that.

There’s certain benchmarks in addition to league position that many of us read far much into along the way. One of which is away to Man City who more than give us a game these days. Which is no surprise as they’re much better than us right now. Swallow that pill.


Man City themselves are also in a similar position where they have gone to do the washing and the previously perfect Mr Guardiola has left a variable tree bark of a skid in his pristine Calvin Kleins, as they’re hastily put into the washing machine. Too late now though, it’s gonna be playing on your mind next time you get down and dirty and the first seedlings of crushing disappointment are sewn.

There’s gonna be tiki, there’s gonna be taka, and somewhere of the middle of it all Everton are going to be oft patronised by a media desperate for page clicks trying to turn both club’s average recent form into a crisis.

What about Man City fans though? What sort of company are they going to bring to this occasion? Well, similar to the kopites there is a marmite situation. Some of them – like the older match going ones – are alright. They’ve seen the dirge of their inner city working class club and right now they’re enjoying it immensely. Good on them too, who wouldn’t?


However there, shall we call it, a larger mouth breathing explosion of meffiness from other City fans who are right into the footeh bantz and due to limited intelligence and poor perception skills think that supporting a currently successful team gives them an elevated status over other species on the planet. In fact their inane identity is almost ironed onto Man City like wonderweb and as the hem erodes through use right there in all it’s full glory is the goblin faced cretins ruining what was previously quite a nice pair of chinos.

They’re exactly how I’d imagine Newcastle fans to be if they ever managed any success, which is as close to unbearable as you’ll find in the dictionary. BUT ID RATHER DER HATE URSS DAT MEANS WE URR SUCCESSFUL. No you two celled simpletons, it just means that you’re dirty fingernailed clitmonkeys who sully the experience of what is a very decent club. It’s an off shoot of wool behaviour but in general terms when you think about it Manchester really is the unelected capital of woolness with it’s aligned fashion, scruffy behaviour and halitosis ridden small syndrome gel heads at complete unease with having to deal with anybody from outside Manchester.


Donald Trump would fit right into a pub in the suburbs of Manchester, no one would blink an eye if he has a manc accent. The hair, the latent bigotry, the lot. It’s a hive of undesirables.


Yes lads, well in. Why the f you wearing Donnay trabs and saying that like? A grey city, a grey people.

All of the above is cheap low grade satire naturally, they voted to remain in the referendum and we need as many like minded inhabitants of the island with basic perception skills as we can get. Well in Manchester.


Which players are they gonna muller us with? Maybe some of the below players:

Aguero – sharp shooting porno-ewok who’s a rarity of being actually alright for what he is: one of the best players in the world.

Silva – come of think of it, see above.

De Bruyne – another ace player, offset by being devoid of melanin and having the exact same eyes as your first school hamster.

Sterling – one pure little beaut, proof that karma can’t exist, starting to play well for City. Hurt him.


Nolito – ripped us apart a few pre-seasons ago at Prenton Park, will probably do the same again. Hurt him.

Gundogan – seriously do we even stand a chance?

Stones – ah yes we do, you know what to do Everton, pressure him. The Creature-Comforts-eyed beanpole RAT.

Zabaleta – I like him a lot, cracking right back and competitive with it. Hurt him.

Bravo – state of your name lad. Maim him on a set piece.

Enough of City? Me too. St Domingos time.


Lukaku may or may not have a knock but will probably play. There’s a lot of debate on Roth Barthly’s inclusion in the first team on a continual basis but there’s not much in way of an alternative so he’ll probably continue.

Cleverley was played on the left in a Martinez throw back style v Palace and stands a good chance of starting v City as he’s track-back-tastic which may make some of you, OK me, lament not focusing on being an athlete at school and jockeying more as if this earns you £200k a month then who wouldn’t? Probably Bolasie on the other wing and if we are to take anything from the game then we’ll have to hope he turns up brimming to the top with Grime tunes from his Beats Pro, or we’ll struggle to score a goal as their full backs bum us repeatedly.

Gareth Barry returns to his former stomping ground which offers little value to the preview but seems amiss not to point out, he will be accompanied by our man Gana Gueye in the middle. Unless our manager Ronald Koeman, with his face like an unloved moon, decides for some form of wildcard option in there.


Defence will be mostly Phil Jagielka with spells of Ashley Williams trying to foul David Silva without fouling David Silva, and two full backs tucked in deeper than normal turning their arse on crosses. Is Baines fit yet? Oviedo actually did well last game out I thought. Stekelenburg in goal who’s on my Everton calendar about three games or a derby defeat from being an actual boo boy. You’re a fickle lot but it’s part of the reason I love you so.

So there we are, feels a bit weird that Everton are back to alter the chemical compounds of your weekends. Is City that big a game that we hope to keep it tight and nick a goalless draw? No. Are Everton likely to win? No.

Do something Everton.

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