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Everton FC: Forever The People's Club

An Everton story
Started on 7 January 2016 by JohnWarrington
Latest Reply on 14 October 2016 by JohnWarrington
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Long makes Everton switch


Last Updated: 6th January 2016

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Southampton and Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has traded the south coast for Merseyside after completing a 2.8 million pound move to Everton.

Striker Shane Long becomes Everton manager Duncan Ferguson's first signing following his appointment recently. In a statement on the official Everton website, Ferguson revealed his delight at the capture of Long.

"We are delighted that we have been able to bring Shane to the club and I would personally like to welcome him to the club. It's not every day that you can get an international player for just below 3 million pounds and we knew we had to snap him up as soon as we learned that he was available for transfer. There is no doubt that Shane is a fantastic player as he has showed it on both the Premier League and International stage and I'm really looking forward to seeing him in an Everton shirt."

Speaking on the Everton official website, Long said:"I am delighted to have joined Everton. I enjoyed my time at Southampton but now is the right time for me to move on. I was never able to nail down a first team place at Southampton but I am determined to do so at Goodison Park. I can't wait to get going and hopefully bring success to Everton."


First leg advantage for Norwich


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Published
6th January 2016
By Michael Downham

Norwich will go into their Capital One cup semi final second leg with Everton with a two goal advantage, after they beat a weakened Everton team by 3 goals to one at Carrow Road.



Final Score: Norwich 3-1 Everton.

Norwich: Ruddy, Wisdom, Gonzalez, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Mulumbu, Redmond, Hoolahan (Kainz 81), Brady, Mbokani.
Subs Not Used: Rudd, Martin, Tettey, Grabban, Toffolo, Jarvis.

Booked: Gonzalez, Wilsdom, Olsson, Mulumbu.

Goals: Redmond 5, Hoolahan pen 31, Mbokani 34.

Everton: Robles, Hibbert (Coleman 45), Holgate (Funes Mori 45), Stones, Foulds, Gibson, Barry, Osman (Lennon 45), Pienaar, Long, Lukaku.
Subs Not Used: Howard, Oviedo, Rodriguez, Tarashaj.

Booked: Foulds, Funes Mori.

Goals: Lukaku 52.

Att: 26,845.

Ref: M Dean.

Match Stats




Naismith makes Lazio move


Last Updated: 8th January 2016

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Lazio have finally completed their pursuit of Everton's Steven Naismith, capturing the Scotland international for a fee of 12.25 million pounds.

Scotland international, Naismith, was a regular member of the Everton starting eleven last season and played 39 times, scoring on 8 occasions. Lazio's interest in securing the services of Naismith was made apparent early on in the month with Lazio manager Stefano Pioli stating that he 'liked the look' of Naismith.

BBC Sport managed to catch up with both Lazio manager Stefano Pioli and Steven Naismith as they left Lazio's training ground earlier today.

Naismith said: "I am delighted to have finally signed for Lazio. As I've said before Lazio are a great club with great fans and I am really excited to get started. I know I will have to fight for my place here but I think that will make me a better footballer. It's been a few years since Lazio won a trophy so hopefully we can win everything there is to win this season and make the fans proud."

Stefano Pioli added: "I am very happy that Steven has decided to join us and I'd like to welcome him to the club. Steven is a terrific player and should definitely push for a starting place in the side. He's an Scotland international and his performances at Everton have shown us just what he is capable of. I would not have bought him if I didn't think he was ready to partner Miroslav (Klose) upfront. I look forward to seeing the two upfront together."
couple of rough breaks there - Naismith will be a big miss man, good luck!
Intriguing move for Naismith going to Lazio! Good luck replacing him!




Horn becomes a blue


8th January 2016 by Andy Lewis

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Everton have begun to spend some of the 12.25 million pounds they received from the sale of Steven Naismith by signing goalkeeper Timo Horn from Koln.

Horn, who turns 23 in May, has signed a three and a half year deal at Goodison Park, which will run until July 2019. The German goalkeeper has been an ever present in the Koln side since making his debut and played 143 games for the German club.

Evertonfc.com were able to get a quick word with both Timo Horn and manager Duncan Ferguson following the announcement of the 6.25 million pound move.

Horn said: "I am very happy to be here at Everton. I loved it at Koln but I felt that the time was right for a new challenge, and after seeing what a good club Everton is, I am very sure that I will be able to win trophies here. I am especially looking forward to being able to play in the Premier League and hopefully forcing my way into the German national side in the process."

Duncan Ferguson added: "It's great to have Sergio here at the club. With Tim Howard reaching the end of his career, I felt that it was important that we signed a goalkeeper during this transfer window. Whilst Timo may not replace Tim or our other goalkeeper Joel Robles, he will certainly provide fantastic back-up and competition for places."


Notts Forest 1-4 Everton


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9th January 2016

Kevin Mirallas found the net for the visitors as Everton reached the FA Cup 4th round with a 4-1 over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.







Notts Forest: Evtimov, Lichaj, Wilson, Mancienne, Pinillos, Ward, Ebecilio, Lansbury (Reid 66), Osborn (da Graca 66), Tesche, Oliveira (Blackstock 73).
Subs Not Used: de Vries, Fox, Burke, Mills.

Booked: Wilson.

Goals: Ward 75.

Everton: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, McCarthy, Barkley (Besic 81), Mirallas, Deulofeu (Lennon 64), Long, Lukaku (Rodriguez 73).
Subs Not Used: Gray, Oviedo, Tarashaj, Funes Mori.

Booked: Stones, Baines.

Goals: Long 46, 84, Baines pen 67, Mirallas 89.

Ref: M Atkinson

Att: 30,144





4th round draw


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Published
11th January 2016
By James Redmond

FA Cup holders Arsenal will be looking to avoid an upset in round 4 after being drawn at home to this season's giant killers Wolves.

The full draw is as follows:

Crewe vs Carlisle
Bournemouth vs Brighton
Brentford vs Derby
Rochdale vs Bristol City
Colchester vs Blackburn
Gillingham vs Everton
Preston vs Man City
Leeds vs Chelsea
Ipswich vs Barnsley
Arsenal vs Wolves
Huddersfield vs Hull
Southampton vs West Ham
Sheff Wed vs Peterborough
QPR vs Aston Villa
Man Utd vs Watford
Reading vs Tottenham



Howard quits Goodison


Last Updated: 11th January 2016

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American goalkeeper Tim Howard has decided to leave Goodison Park, joining Watford for 1.2 million pounds, citing the arrival of Timo Horn as his reason for leaving.

The American goalkeeper departs Goodison after spending 9 and a half years at Goodison Park following a three million pound move from Manchester United in the summer of 2006. Over the course of his Everton career, Howard played over 400 appearances for the Merseyside club, setting a club record for clean sheets and also finding the net in a Premier League game against Bolton Wanderers. However, the arrival of Timo Horn from Koln has forced Howard to move away from Goodison Park.

"Timo arriving is the reason I'm leaving", said Howard.

"Don't get me wrong, I don't want to leave Everton, I'd be mad to really. Everton is a great club and the fans are easily the best in the world. It's a fantastic club to play for. The arrival of Timo has forced my hand though. I'm 36, I've not got many years of football left and Timo joining means that my chances of first team football will be limited. I have to leave to play first team football."
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Palace thrashed by rampant Everton


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16th January 2016

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Everton were in top form as they thrashed Crystal Palace by four goals to nil at Selhurst Park, James McCarthy and Leighton Baines adding to a Romelu Lukaku brace.



Final Score: Crystal Palace 0-4 Everton.

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Crystal Palace: A McCarthy, Ward, Mariappa (Hangeland 62), Dann, Viergever, McArthur, Jedinak, Bolasie, Puncheon (Schelotto 57), Sako (Ledley 45), Chamakh.
Subs Not Used: Speroni, Campbell, Zaha, Kelly.

Booked: Puncheon, Jedinak.

Everton: Horn, Coleman, Stones (Jagielka 84), Funes Mori, Baines, McCarthy, Barkley, Mirallas (Lennon 89), Deulofeu, Lukaku, Rodriguez (Long 62).
Subs Not Used: Robles, Oviedo, Tarashaj, Holgate.

Goals: McCarthy 10, Lukaku 15, 21, Baines pen 18.

Att: 24,366.

Ref: J Moss.

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Bony swaps Manchester for Merseyside


Last Updated: 17th January 2016

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Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has swapped Manchester for Merseyside, joining Everton for a fee of 9.5 million pounds.

The signing of Bony comes after Everton manager Duncan Ferguson spoke of his need for strikers in the January transfer window. Bony is the second striker signing in the window for the Merseyside club following the acquisition of Shane Long from Southampton. Bony scored 2 goals in 17 appearances in his one year at Man City following a 25 million pound move from Swansea 12 months ago.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bony said: "I am delighted to be leaving Manchester City. I never really felt welcome there and the manager never played me. By joining Everton, I am hopeful that I can play more first team football and get back to enjoying my football like I did when I was at Swansea. I'm really looking forward to building a successful partnership with Romelu Lukaku."

Everton manager Duncan Ferguson added: "I am very happy that Wilfried has decided to join us and I'd like to welcome him to the club. Wilfried is a terrific player and should definitely push for a starting place in the side. He's an Ivorian international so he already knows Arouna Kone at least. I think he'll have no problems fitting in with the rest of the squad."
Very strange pairing, I thought you might be using him as one up front and back up for Lukaku. How do you plan on getting them to work together?
2016-03-06 01:01#227138 Griffo : Very strange pairing, I thought you might be using him as one up front and back up for Lukaku. How do you plan on getting them to work together?

I'm going to be using them in a very similar way. As Everton do in real life, I like to have my full backs as high up the pitch as possible. I noticed pretty early on that having a second tall striker could be beneficial with the amount of crosses coming in. We'll have to wait and see how it goes though.
Great signing. I had Bony on loan for 6 months & could never get the 2 to work together, interested to see how you get on! :)



Bender signs for Everton


Last Updated: 21st January 2016

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Everton have made their 4th signing of the January transfer window, signing Sven Bender from Dortmund for a fee of 6 million pounds.

Bender, 26, began his career at 1860 München before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2009. During his time at Dortmund, the German international made 143 appearances and scored four goals. Able to place in both central midfield and central defence, Bender provides valuable versatility for Everton as they look to continue their shock push for the Premier League title.

Everton manager Duncan Ferguson alluded to this versatility in an interview following the signing. "Bender is a fantastic signing for us", he said.

"With us pushing for the title and having to give 110% in every game, injuries are bound to crop up as we get deeper into the season. The signing of Sven provides us with cover for not one but two positions which will be a valuable commodity. I'm looking forward to seeing how Sven gets on here at Everton and I'm confident that he'll settle into the Everton way of life very quickly."

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