December 2009 Archives


Holland international John Heitinga happily settling in at Goodison: Everton FC latest

JOHN HEITINGA believes he is happily settling into his role with Everton after a turbulent start to his Toffees career.

Rollercoaster of Wembley highs to crippling lows - the Everton year in pictures

PHIL Jagielka wheels away in a victory lap propelled by relief and delight in equal measures, after tucking away the penalty which saw Everton overcome Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on April 19.

The Jury: Everton FC fans reflects on the Blues fortunes in 2009

I REMEMBER at some stage last season, some so-called Everton experts, fans, journalists and radio commentators twisting the knife into our record signing's performances.

Merseyside Sport Review of 2009: Distant days when the city went springing towards glory

IT was a year of two halves. The first half brought near misses for Everton and Liverpool, but the promise of better things to come. The second half, well . . . let's just say 2010 can't come quick enough.


IT WAS a statistic which hovered hauntingly over Everton like the ghosts of 52 Christmases past.

Had the Blues failed to beat Burnley at Goodison, they would have equalled their worst ever home run since 1957 - going without a win for nine games

After so many positives during his reign, it is not the sort of entry in Everton's history books David Moyes would have wanted associated with his tenure.


MAROUANE FELLAINI the footballer has occasionally been overshadowed by Marouane Fellaini the cult figure during his time at Everton.

The big-haired Belgian quickly achieved a hero status of sorts among some fans after making the switch two summers ago, weighing in with some important goals in his first campaign.

But equally he divided opinion, with some labelling him a dilatory enigma and others doubting whether he would ever fit comfortably into Everton's team.


Everton FC's James Vaughan hoping to put injury troubles behind him

JAMES VAUGHAN is desperate to put his injury troubles behind him and force his way back into Everton's starting line-up.

NIGEL MARTYN: Everton FC must not shy away from threat of relegation

WE would have of course preferred to have been beating Birmingham City on Sunday and if a certain goal had been allowed to stand, then I'm sure Everton would have.

Nigel Martyn: Home leg vital when Everton play Sporting Lisbon in Europa League

WHOEVER Everton got in the draw for the knockout stages of the Europa League, it was only going to be a difficult proposition.


LANDON DONOVAN will be another shrewd signing for David Moyes.

In fact, he'd have a little bet that his arrival could signal a change of fortunes all round at Goodison Park.


Hamstrung Jack Rodwell out for a month

EVERTON have received another injury setback with the news Jack Rodwell will be absent for the next month.

Why James Vaughan wants to be a born-again striker

JAMES VAUGHAN is desperate to "invent" himself again and kickstart his Everton career after making his latest comeback from injury at the weekend.


David Moyes backs Landon Donovan to fire Everton's Europa League dream

DAVID MOYES today backed Landon Donovan to help fire Evertons Europa league dream in the new year.

Beware Birmingham's Scot talent raps wary Everton boss David Moyes

DAVID Moyes is relishing locking horns with fellow Scot Alex McLeish as Everton take on resurgent Birmingham City on Sunday.

Fixture farce looms for Blues in Europa League

DAVID MOYES today hit out at the Uefa bosses who have handed Everton a fixture headache for their last 32 Europa league tie.

GREG O'KEEFFE: Everton fans will hand it to vintage Lee Carsley

A GOODISON Park crowd very rarely denies former players a round of applause as their name is read out when they return.


I HAVE just watched a week of brilliant football Evertons two thrilling draws, taking a point off Chelsea yet seeing the London Blues still increase their lead at the top of the table, then a typical midweek of shocks and upsets which makes the Premier League what it is.

Unpredictable, exciting, compelling and above all, ultra competitive.

Enter Mick McCarthy, with a team selection that really does threaten to change the face of the Premier League.


Tony Hibbert's pride at reaching European landmark for Everton

TONY HIBBERT today spoke of his delight as he prepares to become an Everton European record-breaker.

Everton boss David Moyes turns to his little boys Blue for Europa League test

DON'T be surprised if applications to join Everton's Academy hit a record high when they next begin recruiting.

The Jury: Everton FC fans on the draw at Chelsea and the games ahead

EVERTONIANS more than anyone get immense pride watching youngsters come through and cracking into the first team.


THE 'dead rubber' is something of a novel concept at Goodison, which unfortunately is just an indication of how little European football we've played for a club of our stature.

Still, tonight's final group game against BATE promises to be a muted experience, especially as it's combined with that other European quirk, the alcohol ban.

The whole evening promises to be a throwback to the heady days of the Simod, Full Members and Zenith Data System Cups, with the tiny crowd only kept awake by the voices of the players on the pitch.

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