Bournemouth 3 – 1 Everton
Two home games, two wins. Added to the superb run of results at Goodison Park at the tail end of last season and indications that the summer signings were beginning to bed in, this was an Everton side that seemed to finally be settling and finding its rhythm under Marco Silva.
Bournemouth 3 – 1 Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored an impressive headed goal but while they generally struggled in the final third, Everton’s biggest problems were at the back
Everton’s away woes continued with another shoddy defensive performance on their travels that condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium.
Everton 3 – 2 Wolves
So you may or may not have seen my post before the Wolves match two weeks ago, announcing that I was en route to Liverpool for my very first visit to Goodison Park, but several kind folks – including Andy Crooks and Derek Knox – encouraged me to write about the experience… and even though I posted a few impressions in the immediate aftermath, I thought I’d provide a more detailed version of my ‘pilgrimage’.
First, a bit of background.
By the summer of 1994, at the age of 23, Duncan Ferguson appeared to have reached something of a crossroads in his career. Heralded as one of Scotland’s brightest young prospects, Ferguson drove his manager at Dundee United, Jim McLean, to distraction with his apparent lack of dedication.
Baseball may be a minority sport in the UK but 80 years ago Merseyside was a hotbed of this popular American pastime. Had it not been for the outbreak of War in 1939 perhaps it would have gained a proper foothold in our sporting life.
Folklore has it that William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean was once introduced to the legendary Babe Ruth (of Boston red Sox and New York Yankees fame) at a football match.
Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford had an eventful evening down on the south coast as England prevailed 5-3 over Kosovo at St Mary’s Stadium.
It was Keane’s slip that led to the visitors taking a shock first-minute lead with the first of three goals that Pickford would have to pick out of his net but Gareth Southgate’s men ultimately proved too strong.
After Everton’s escape from relegation at the end of the 1993/94 season, Birkenhead-based businessman Peter Johnson, once the owner of Tranmere Rovers, was now in charge of the Blues and brought with him promises of a bright new future. Given his success at previous club, levels of optimism were understandably raised amongst Evertonians.
Billy Smith has been a royal blue bloodhound for many years, sniffing out historic articles about our beloved club in microfilm archives across the region. These nuggets are posted on his excellent Blue Correspondent website (bluecorrespondent.co.uk). Working chronologically, he has reached the 1962/63 season but Billy continues locate and transcribe previously hidden gems from earlier eras.
Nigel Ipinson-Fleming in conversation with Rob Sawyer
Nigel Ipinson-Fleming was born in 1970 and raised on Spellow Lane, just round the corner from Goodison Park. In spite of his proximity to the famous old ground, he would eventually follow the rival team from across Stanley Park – but he is also quick to acknowledge the greatness of the Everton team of his teenage years.
Yannick Bolasie’s search for a club for this season has ended in Lisbon after he agreed a deal with Sporting on loan.
A Bola had reported earlier that Bolasie was on his way to Portugal to secure the temporary move after proposed loan deals with CSKA Moscow and Anderlecht fell through.
Well, that’s more like it! There’s no question that had this match ended 2-2 as it looked like it might with 15 minutes to go, Evertonians would’ve gone into the international break feeling somewhat deflated.
Five points from a possible 12 would’ve felt like a poor return from the relatively comfortable opening set of fixtures to the new season but seven points and sixth place heading into the first enforced two-week hiatus of the campaign has a much rosier look to it.