December 2009 Archives
JOHN HEITINGA believes he is happily settling into his role with Everton after a turbulent start to his Toffees career.
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.
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.
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.
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.