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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 11:27 PM
The man is an absolute legend. If you looked up a list of footballers with 200 or more English Premier League goals the list would only contain two men, Alan Shearer and our very own Wayne Rooney. We celebrate @WayneRooney for becoming the first player in history to register 200+ goals and 100+ a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 11:09 PM
Supporters advised not to display club colours ahead of Europa League second leg Everton have issued safety advice to supporters travelling to Hajduk Split in wake of the trouble that marred last week’s Europa League play-off first leg. The Toffees gained first-hand experience of Split’s infamous...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 7:03 PM
All the goals, saves, chances and more Everton came away with a 1-1 draw at the Etihad against Manchester City , in an inconsistently-officiated game by referee Bobby Madley. The Blues drew first blood with Wayne Rooney slotting home his second goal of the campaign from a well-worked move by Domi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 7:02 PM
Do we have our lead striker already? These are heady times indeed for youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Just a year ago, no Everton fan bar a handful had even heard of the forward despite him having played for the England Under-20s. He then became the Toffee’s first signing of an eventually underw...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 5:16 PM
Alan Ball All-Stars XI to take on Premier League XI in October This year will mark ten years since the passing of footballer extraordinaire Alan Ball, a member of Everton ’s Holy Trinity and one of the proponents of the ‘School of Science’ that the Toffees became renowned for. To commemorate the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 3:30 PM
Pursuit of Drinkwater not going well, Londoners looking for options Frustrated in their attempts to replace midfield pivot Nemanja Matic, Chelsea could come knocking at Everton ’s door for Idrissa Gueye, reports the Daily Mail . The defending Premier League champions have been pursuing Danny Drin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 9:00 AM
Three thoughts from a chippy draw at the Etihad Bookings abound for both sides Both Everton and Man City fell victim to controversial second yellow cards in a match that featured seven bookings, four of which added up to red cards. Kyle Walker felt the wrath of referee Robert Madley. A mere two m...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 8:27 AM
Manager’s signals transfer window intent after last night’s game Going into the last few weeks of the transfer window , we knew Everton were looking for three more players. Now with Gylfi Sigurdsson finally signed and the window closing in less than ten days, manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 7:00 AM
In today’s links: follow up on Manchester City, Coleman pays for two fans’ trip to Croatia, Kalinic heads to Italy What a whirlwind! It wasn’t pretty, and it was probably a little disappointing, but at the end of the day, a point at Manchester City is a solid result. We now turn our attention to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 6:00 AM
Manager’s comments after entertaining draw at Etihad Sometimes under the most trying of circumstances footballers break out with the most amazing performances. Charged with being the focal point of the attack at the Etihad, Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin put in a showing to remember during...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Aug 22 1:04 AM
Manager left frustrated by Madley’s decision-making Referee Robert ‘Bobby’ Madley was able to complete the accomplished feat of irritating both team’s managers in one game. Inconsistent at best, his odd decisions at times drove fans of both Everton and Manchester City to distraction while angerin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 11:39 PM
Rooney’s 200th league goal claims hard earned point at the Etihad Stadium Wayne Rooney made it two in two and became only the second player to reach 200 Premier League goals as he secured a point for Everton this evening. Ronald Koeman approached the game defensively going with 5 at the back and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 10:51 PM
Yellow cards cannot be appealed unfortunately Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off away at Manchester City after collecting his second booking late into the game. Referee Bobby Madley did not hesitate to pull out the yellow card despite it being quite clear even to the naked eye th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 10:31 PM
Morgan Schneiderlin sees red in wild match. And exhale. If you’d told Everton ians before the match that they’d escape the Etihad with a point, just about everyone would have taken it. However, after Wayne Rooney finished a lovely team move early in the match, and with Kyle Walker being sent off...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 10:31 PM
Vote on the player performances from today’s game Everton will be relieved to take home a point, but at the same time unhappy that a chance at all three was thrown away after a stellar defensive effort in a 1-1 draw away at Manchester City . Ronald Koeman started off with Sandro Ramirez not even...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 6:27 PM
Blues really into the deep end of Arsenal’s roster now. Arsenal has four strikers on their first team roster. Everton has been linked with three of them. The latest is outcast Lucas Perez, a player that Arsene Wenger bought but apparently doesn’t like, which is confusing because the Spaniard actu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 4:21 PM
Koeman’s outcast island is thinning the ranks. To say that former Lokomotiv Moscow forward Oumar Niasse has struggled to adapt to English football would be an understatement of the highest order. The Senegalese striker was unable to make his mark under Roberto Martinez , and Ronald Koeman was com...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 4:07 PM
There’s been interest here since 2014. Some players simply get linked with a club every single year. For instance, Gareth Bale has been linked with Manchester United every year for about the last five. In the case of Marcelo Brozovic, there are links between him and the Blues as far back as 2014...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 3:58 PM
Blues have been linked with Belgian midfielder previously Everton could have a problem brewing at the defensive midfield position, and youngster Leander Dendoncker might be the best person to fix it. The Blues sold veteran Gareth Barry to West Bromwich Albion last week, and James McCarthy is inju...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 11:31 AM
A horoscope for Everton on how the eclipse will affect the game Our resident psychic Rachel takes a lighthearted look at what Monday’s total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States and into the Atlantic Ocean could mean for the Blues and talisman Wayne Rooney. Everton ’s game on Mo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 9:43 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for Everton at Manchester City today Everton will play three consecutive away games in a matter of six days, and will get it all started with a quick trip up M62 to take on Manchester City . Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez missed out on Thursday’s Europa League clash against...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Manchester City previews, Sigurdsson’s expectations and Everton excitement It’s match day! the early returns from this season have been great for Everton, but they face a tough test on Monday. They will be wearing their purple third kit, Gylfi Sigurdsson may get his debut, and o...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 3:36 AM
Two clubs with big expectations take center stage on Monday night football at the Etihad. Everton ’s opening day win over Stoke City was huge. They scrapped by with a 1-0 victory thanks to Wayne Rooney , but the boys looked lively mid-week against Hajduk Split. Now the Toffees begin a tough stret...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 9:03 PM
The Toffees have won every game so far but face a daunting test against title favourites Manchester City Everton may have made their best start to a season in 39 years but the opposition they have faced so far pales into insignificance compared to the challenge that awaits them at the Etihad Stad...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 8:35 PM
Blues face short ride up the M62 to take on Mancunians Everton travel to Manchester City on Monday for the first of three away games in six days. All the stories from the first of the trio, away at City are all located right here.
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 8:06 PM
How did the Blue loanees do this weekend? Everton have a number of players out on loan this season, here’s a quick recap of how they did with their respective clubs midweek and this weekend. Nottingham Forest fans can’t stop raving about the quality of Kieran Dowell , and we have to agree with th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 8:00 PM
Seems like a lofty comparison, from someone who knows them both In his few appearances for the Everton senior side last season, central defender Matthew Pennington didn’t exactly cover himself in glory, even though he scored what was ultimately a consolation goal in the Merseyside Derby. The game...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 4:44 PM
Staff confidence in Everton is low ahead of Etihad trip The RBM Writer Prediction League is back in full swing as we head into our second week of the season. Our writers had their first crack at prognostications ahead of last week’s match against Stoke City , and this week they’ve got much toughe...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 2:25 PM
Young goalie already proving his worth Unfazed by Everton making him the most expensive English goalkeeper of all time, Jordan Pickford has been very vocally going about his business with the Blues showing that he has been worth the £30m transfer fee. Everton’s 2-0 win over Hajduk Split on Thursd...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 12:41 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of tough trip to City Everton face a tough early season test with a trip up M62 to the Etihad. Having played on Thursday in the Europa League playoff, the Monday night game will come all too soon and here’s what manager Ronald Koeman had to say about the game, starting wi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Aug 20 10:00 AM
Three things to watch out for on Monday Everton travel to Manchester City on Monday for a tough early-season challenge in the Premier League - here are three things to keep an eye out for. Can Everton put together a full 90 minute performance? We’ve seen Everton play brilliantly at times this yea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 19 9:58 PM
Defender played a key role in convincing Icelander to make switch After convincing his former teammate to join him in the Ronald Koeman-led revolution at Everton , veteran defender Ashley Williams is looking forward to playing with Gylfi Sigurdsson this season. The two played together at Swansea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 19 3:59 PM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their game at the Etihad. Everton head to the Etihad on Monday in fairly good form. They’ve yet to concede this season, and have won four competitive games in a row. Manchester City are a different type of challenge, though, and one where both Ronal...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 19 10:30 AM
Early appearance for purple outfit Everton will wear their new third kit in just the second game of the Premier League season, away at Manchester City on Monday. | Our third kit will be worn for the first time on Monday at @ManCity - will it also be a debut for Gylfi? Buy ➡️ https://t.co/1XUL1vDq...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Aug 19 8:00 AM
Highlights from the playmaker’s introductory press conference Ronald Koeman was probably the happiest and most relieved man on Merseyside Friday afternoon as he watched Gylfi Sigurdsson sitting next to him answering questions from the media during the player’s first press conference as an Everton...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 18 4:31 PM
Home fans accused of throwing objects at away supporters. Both sides have been charged by UEFA after Hajduk Split supporters caused a delay in the Europa league match at Goodison on Thursday. Everton fans have been charged with “Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) of the Disciplinary Regulations (D...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 18 4:21 PM
Despite his young age he’s already one of the best in the world. When you spend £30m on a goalkeeper, you expect him to jump off the page. There had better be something that separates him and makes him world class. On early returns, Jordan Pickford checks a lot of boxes: he’s commanding in the ar...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 18 4:21 PM
Not the Croatian club’s first problem with UEFA. To all the honorable Hajduk Split fans who endeavored to calm down your compatriots, and to the players who did the same: thank you for your decency and your civility. Thank you for your passion for your club and it is an honor to have met you and...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 18 8:19 AM
Red Devils open to selling youngster Everton have long been looking for cover for Leighton Baines. Here at Royal Blue Mersey, we have consistently tried to put out names that we think would be good fits. Among these names have been Schalke’s Benedikt Howedes and Manchester United ’s Daley Blind ....
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 18 7:00 AM
In today’s links: Sigurdsson follow-up and how Everton are now out spending Liverpool It wasn’t a perfect performance, but Everton ended up with a big two-goal advantage as they head to Croatia next week. To top it off, Gylfi Sigurdsson was given his introduction to Goodison Park. The new signing...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 18 6:25 AM
Everton could and should have put Hajduk to bed Manager Ronald Koeman was livid with his side’s lame performance in the second half as Everton spurned multiple opportunities to settle this tie going into what is promising to be an explosive away leg. The Toffees were fluid and exciting in the ope...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 11:32 PM
Everton impress in 1st leg and take two goal advantage to Croatia. Everton ’s first half display was enough to see off Hajduk Split with an impressive showing under the lights at Goodison Park. Michael Keane opened his account for The Toffees and Idrissa Gueye scored a rare goal as the Blues domi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 10:30 PM
Blues rolling towards Europa League group stage. Everton saw off Croatian side Hajduk Split by a 2-0 scoreline today, thanks in large part to a dominant performance during the first half. Michael Keane got the first goal of the game and his first goal for the club, while Idrissa Gana Gueye nabbed...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 3:38 PM
Ex-Schalke captain would be ideal solution for Ronald Koeman. Ramiro Funes Mori is suffering from a long term injury, Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning are at Sunderland , and who knows what the deal is with Luke Garbutt . Given that, Ronald Koeman has made it known that he would like to sign a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 3:27 PM
Blues only have 17 outfield players fit It’s too early in the season for Ronald Koeman to be complaining about not having enough players fit, yet here we are. Everton apparently have only 17 healthy outfield players for tonight’s critical playoff against Hajduk Split to get into the Europa League...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 1:51 PM
The Everton midfielder is facing 12 weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is facing up to three months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, reports Paul Joyce of the Times. Barkley has missed all of Everton’s pre-season so far having suffered from a d...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 12:41 PM
Koeman getting understandably desperate. Olivier Giroud is staying at Arsenal . Nikola Kalinic is joining AC Milan. Crystal Palace don’t want to sell Christian Benteke. Enter Diego Costa ? Probably not. Everton ’s search for a man to lead the line has gotten so dire in recent days that a reporter...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 12:19 PM
Versatile Scottish international may move to England. Celtic won the Scottish Premier League going away last season under the management of former Liverpool and Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers. As such, there were a host of star performers. Young striker Moussa Dembele has been linked to Everto...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 11:06 AM
Everton’s European adventure continues with crucial play-off first leg After a narrow but ultimately comfortable 2-0 aggregate win over Ruzomberok, Croatian side Hajduk Split now stand in the way of Everton and a place in the Europa League group stages for the first time since 2014/15. Everton’s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 7:36 AM
In today’s links: putting a bow on the Gylfi saga, a Ross Barkley update and Everton’s ongoing striker search. What a busy time for the Toffees. Gyfli Sigurdsson is finally wrapped in Blue from head to toe. He won’t feature today, but Everton need to turn their attention to the Europa League. It...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 6:00 AM
Last round of ties to get into the competition group stages Everton will host Croatian side Hajduk Split in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round on Thursday, with the return leg to be played a week from tomorrow. The Blues disposed of Slovaks MFK Ruzomberok in the previous round, winn...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 17 3:00 AM
Come for the halftime introduction of Gyfli Sigurdsson, stay for the first leg of the Europa League qualifier. It looked like this game was going to be downright impossible to find. But Everton has stepped up and decided to broadcast the match directly on their club YouTube channel. Now, if previ...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 9:20 PM
It was slim pickings for the player Everton have completed the signing of playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, and the player will be wearing the #18 shirt for the Toffees. via EvertonFC.com He wore the #23 for his former club Swansea City and the #22 before that at Tottenham Hotspur . Sigurdsson wears th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 8:24 PM
Iceland international bolsters Everton’s attacking options Everton have finally signed Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City for a fee reported to be up to £45m. The 27-year-old has signed a five-year-deal at Goodison Park and becomes Ronald Koeman’s eighth major signing of the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 8:10 PM
Koeman says transfer business not done yet. Hug your friends, tell family that you love them, and put your children in front of the TV so that they will always remember this day: the Gylfi Sigurdsson saga is finally over . No more rumours that turn out to be completely false , no more speculation...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 8:09 PM
Koeman can finally plan for the season Mercifully, the Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer saga is finally over, and Everton has its man. The Icelandic attacker has completed his move to Goodison Park after being long coveted by Ronald Koeman . The Dutch manager clearly rates the soon-to-be 28-year-old ver...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 4:27 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of key Europa League qualifier Everton take on Hajduk Split in the first leg of a Europa League playoff tomorrow, and manager Ronald Koeman spoke with the media with reports that long-time transfer target Gylfi Sigurdsson was at Finch Farm undergoing a medical. “The lates...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 2:44 PM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their next Europa League qualifier. Everton ’s third Europa League match of the season is nearly upon us. The Gylfi Sigurdsson news is carrying the day, but there’s an important game to be played, and a lineup for Ronald Koeman to pick. Who might be...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 10:48 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions It was poetic. It was classy. It was a game-winner. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images Wayne Rooney ’s goal against Stoke to open the Premier League season was so cliche if you read it in a script you’d laugh it off as too unbelievab...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 8:39 AM
Midfielder will always be highly regarded by the Blues After Gareth Barry traded in the royal blue of Everton to go to West Bromwich Albion yesterday, we asked Everton fans a simple question. Unfortunate Gareth Barry won't break PL mark at Everton. What one word would you use to describe him? #EF...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 7:44 AM
In today’s links: Barry thanks the fans, the U23s lose and the ladies win! It sure sounds like the Sigurdsson deal will finally get done today. It took long enough! But the important thing is that it is getting finished and he will be available in league games relatively soon. Hopefully, this is...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 6:00 AM
Plenty of interest in son of Owls’ legend Sheffield Wednesday wonderkid George Hirst has been heavily scouted in recent months by plenty of Premier League clubs, with Leicester City appearing to be ahead of the rest of the pack now . Having had a £1m bid for the 18-year-old rejected, the Foxes ha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 16 12:43 AM
Forward wants out, but six-week layoff is a big problem It was looking like Ross Barkley was making his way back to first team football. After overcoming a hernia operation on a minor groin strain, the forward had his head down and was training hard at Finch Farm with the rest of the team. There...