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Everton FC podcasts from the Liverpool ECHO, including our main Royal Blue show with Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll, Chris Beesley, Paul Wheelock and Gavin Buckland, the Alan Myers Everton Podcast, View from the Gwladys Street with Ian Croll, and Post-Game.

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    Royal Blue: Everton Season Review | Final Day, Fight For Survial & Summer Plans

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 61:05

    Join Connor O'Neill, Adam Jones, Joe Thomas and Gav Buckland for the latest episode of the Royal Blue podcast as we look back on Everton's 5-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. The panel discussed the game at the Emirates, Frank Lampard's team selection, formations and set-pieces as the Blues brought the curtain down on their Premier League season with a disappointing defeat. The quartet also reflect on Cenk Tosun's confirmed departure from the club, look ahead to the upcoming transfer window and what Farhad Moshiri must do following the conclusion of a disappointing season. Enjoy.

    Behind-the-scenes at Goodison Park as Everton complete dramatic Crystal Palace comeback

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 65:42

    Connor O'Neill is joined by Joe Thomas, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to try and reflect on one of Goodison Park's most memorable comebacks.Everton secured their Premier League status with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace thanks to second half strikes from Michael Keane, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.Our panel give their thoughts on the huge out-pouring of emotion on the pitch, the behind-the-scenes view from the press box and the media room following the game - and maybe share some little bits of analysis on the actual football as well.Enjoy!

    Royal Blue: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly As Refereeing Controversy Condemns Blues To Defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 54:18

    Join Connor O'Neill, Joe Thomas and Gav Buckland as we look back on Everton's painful 3-2 home defeat to Brentford, as the Blues relegation threat in the Premier League is prolonged. The panel discuss the inspiring scenes outside Goodison Park ahead of kick-off before getting into the on-pitch matters, VAR controversy and frustrations for Frank Lampard and his side. Ahead of Thursday night's visit of Crystal Palace to Goodison, the guys also debate how is best for the Blues to go about their task and where the game could potentially be won and the chances of Everton ensuring their Premier League survival for next season.

    Royal Blue: Watford Review, USA Trip and Brentford Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 43:22

    Host Chris Beesley joins the ECHO's Everton correspondent Joe Thomas and regular guest Gavin Buckland on the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast. The panel discuss Everton's goalless draw at Watford and where that leaves Frank Lampard's side bid to preserve their Premier League status ahead of this Sunday's matches, including Brentford's visit to Goodison Park plus their reaction to the confirmation of the club's pre-season tour to the USA this summer.

    Royal Blue: Potentially pivotal weekend in the fight for survival as Everton banish their travel sickness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 52:01

    Host Connor O'Neill joins Joe Thomas, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland for an upbeat edition of the Royal Blue podcast following Everton's 2-1 victory at Leicester City secured three points away from home in the Premier League for the first time since last August.The result also moved Frank Lampard's side above both Burnley and Leeds United and out of the relegation zone as Ukrainian international Vitalii Mykolenko scored his first goal in English football.The panel discuss the game at the King Power Stadium, the role Evertonians played - both at the ground and in seeing off the team bus from Finch Farm - and Wednesday night's upcoming fixture at Watford.

    Royal Blue: Huge Boost for Everton Safety as Goodison Pushes Blues over line against Chelsea

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 51:25

    Join Host Connor O'Neil, Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland for the latest Episode of the Royal Blue Podcast.A huge win for the Blues over third-placed Chelsea has kept their survival hopes alive and the panel discuss the special Goodison Park atmosphere - including the pre-match welcome; key displays from the likes of Richarlison and Yerry Mina plus Jordan Pickford's stunning saves as well as addressing where all this leaves Frank Lampard's side in the battle against the drop.

    Royal Blue: Chelsea Preview, Anthony Gordon Reputation, & Dominic Calvert-Lewin Fitness Dilemma

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 51:07

    Host Chris Beesley joins Everton correspondent Joe Thomas and regular guest Gavin Buckland to preview the Blues' Premier League home game against Chelsea on Sunday. Ahead of the fixture against his previous employers - and the club where he spent the bulk of his playing career - Everton manager Frank Lampard delivered an impassioned defence of Anthony Gordon amid suggestions that the home-grown hero goes down too easily and the panel discuss the aftermath of the club's exchanges with the PGMOL over the incidents at Anfield, the fitness of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ben Godfrey plus the two academy roles that have been advertised ahead of what Gavin describes as the most-important sequence of fixtures in the Blues' history.

    Royal Blue: Merseyside Derby Loss, Penalty Appeals & Relegation Zone Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 47:54

    This week it's a bumper edition of the Royal Blue podcast as host Connor O'Neill is joined by Joe Thomas, Gavin Buckland, Chris Beesley and Adam Jones to discuss all things Everton!The lads start by discussing a spirited Everton performance in their 2-0 Merseyside derby loss to Liverpool, touching on the numerous refereeing incidents throughout the game as well as the performance of Anthony Gordon.The panel then moves on to discuss Everton's remaining games and the reality of dropping into the bottom three, as well as whether Leeds United could be dragged into the relegation fight.

    Royal Blue: Leicester Draw, Dele Alli Struggles & Liverpool Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 52:54

    A brand new episode of the Royal Blue Podcast is here, and host Connor O'Neill is joined by Chris Beesley and Joe Thomas to discuss all things Everton!The lads review the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Leicester City, before moving on to discuss the struggles of Dele Alli since his move from Spurs.The panel then debate Richarlison's best position in the side as well as touching on Dominic Calvert Lewin's disappointing season.Finally, the lads preview a huge clash at Anfield against Liverpool, discussing just how important this Merseyside derby could prove to be.

    Royal Blue: Everton's crucial win over Manchester United and David Unsworth departure reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 40:32

    Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland for a welcome positive episode of the podcast!The panel discusses Everton's crucial win over Manchester United on Saturday afternoon thanks to Anthony Gordon's deflected goal in the first half of the game.Fabian Delph, Vitalii Mykolenko and Jordan Pickford come in for particular praise during the conversation thanks to their crucial roles for the Blues.The lads also react to the news of David Unsworth leaving the club to pursue his ambitions as a first-team manager elsewhere, with some discussion over where Everton go next.

    Royal Blue: Turf Moor Loss, Manchester United Preview and DCL's Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 52:37

    The latest episode of the Royal Blue podcast is here! Host Connor O'Neill is joined by Gavin Buckland, Chris Beesley and Joe Thomas to discuss the latest Blues news.The panel start by discussing the disappointing 3-2 loss away at Turf Moor, before moving on to discuss Dominic Calvert Lewin's struggles and the need to get the striker back firing.The group then preview Saturday's huge clash with Manchester United, going through possible team selection dilemmas before providing their score predictions.

    Royal Blue: West Ham Defeat, Boxing Brothers and Burnley Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 43:22

    The Royal Blue Podcast returns with two special guests after the defeat to West Ham United.Sam Carroll is joined by Everton correspondent Joe Thomas and the unbeaten boxing brothers Peter and Joe McGrail to discuss defeat in the capital, their fledgling careers and growing up supporting Everton.Peter and Joe, born and raised in Liverpool, are massive Evertonians and making a name for themselves in the ring.Peter, who won his last fight in Dubai in March by knockout, is 3-0 as a professional while Joe is also unbeaten at 2-0.They will be fighting at the M&S Bank Arena on Friday April 22 in Probellum Liverpool, headlined by Paul Butler, from Ellesmere Port, who is fighting for the world bantamweight title.Sam Maxwell, Jazza Dickens, Rocky Fielding and a whole host of other Liverpool fighters are on the card and you can get tickets on the M&S Bank Arena website.https://www.mandsbankarena.com/whats-on/probellum-boxing/

    Royal Blue: International Break, Burnley Preview & New Team Member

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 46:47

    On today's episode of the Royal Blue Podcast, Chris Beesley and Paul Wheelock are joined by the ECHO's new Everton correspondent Joe Thomas.Joe joins the team after more than a decade working on news on Merseyside, including covering the criminal prosecutions linked to the Hillsborough tragedy and its aftermath.The lads discuss the importance of the Premier League break in giving Frank Lampard an opportunity to ‘reset' with the squad after the Crystal Palace FA Cup defeat, and how a few confidence-boosting international performances could prove useful to the Blues' survival hopes.They also attempt to answer the question on many of our minds at the moment - is Burnley away next week currently a ‘must win', or ‘must not lose' fixture?

    Royal Blue: FA Cup Blow, Potential Formation Shake-up & Players Desire

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 38:30

    On today's episode of the Royal Blue Podcast, Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley & Gavin Buckland to talk about Everton's exit from the FA Cup at Selhurst Park on Sunday. The lads discuss the frustrations of Frank Lampard and raise questions over the players desire following a post-match press conference where the manager showed his emotions.The trio discuss the potential possibility or a formation change in order to best utilise the players that Everton have at their disposal and talk about the poor decision by some of the players and what they need to do to put things right by the end of the season.

    Royal Blue: Everton's crucial Newcastle win, amazing Goodison atmosphere and Crystal Palace build-up

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 41:54

    Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland for a hugely upbeat podcast!The panel look back on a crucial Everton win over Newcastle, praising the fight of the players and discussing match-winner Alex Iwobi.The lads also look ahead to an upcoming FA Cup quarter final against Crystal Palace on the horizon.With confidence high, can Everton send themselves to Wembley?

    Royal Blue: Wolves loss, relegation picture & Newcastle preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 48:35

    Host Connor O'Neill is joined by Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland for the Royal Blue Podcast in a week that saw another disappointing loss at Goodison Park for Everton against Wolves.The lads discuss the relegation picture, looking into the Blues' remaining fixtures as well as those around them.The panel then moves on to previewing a huge relegation battle clash against Newcastle, before discussing Dominic Calvert-Lewin's absence from the team.

    Royal Blue: Who's to blame for Tottenham Hotspur horror show? | Tribute to Gordon Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 39:35

    Connor O'Neill and Gavin Buckland join Adam Jones for the first Royal Blue podcast of a week which has started in the worst possible fashion for Everton. Monday night's 5-0 drubbing at Tottenham Hotspur means the Blues remain right in the relegation fight but, more than the result itself, what does the pitiful performance say about their chances of escaping the drop? Our panel look back at the 'horror show', focusing, in particular, on the performance of centre-back Michael Keane. But should he have even started the game given Frank Lampard's admission? And did Lampard get his tactics all wrong? Both of those questions are answered before the focus turns to the importance of getting Ben Godfrey back fit and the form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. And the podcast ends with Gav paying tribute to former Everton manager Gordon Lee, whose sad passing at the age of 87 was announced today (March 8).

    Royal Blue: A spot in the FA Cup Quarter's secured & Tottenham Hotspur on the Horizon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 38:49

    On today's instalment of the Royal Blue Podcast, Adam Jones is joined by Christopher Beesley & Gav Buckland to discuss Everton's win over Boreham Wood in the FA Cup and the Quarter Final draw against Crystal Palace before going on to preview the upcoming fixture in the Premier League away at Tottenham Hotspur. Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: VAR controversy overshadows strong Everton performance against Man City

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 46:02

    Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley, Gav Buckland and Paul Wheelock to discuss Everton's defeat to Man City on Saturday.Unsurprisingly, the conversation is dominated by VAR and officiating decisions as the Blues were denied a stone-wall penalty late on.The panel also goes over what was a strong performance from Frank Lampard's side, and look ahead to an important FA Cup clash with Boreham Wood later in the week.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Everton Supporters Have Pivotal Role as Fan Advisory Board Survey Released

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 30:27

    In a special edition of the Royal Blue Podcast, Adam Jones looks into the pivotal role Everton supporters will play as a survey regarding a future Fan Advisory Board has been released.Our host is joined by Jazz Bal, chairman of the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group, and Bren Connolly - chairman of the Everton Heritage Society.The panel discuss the importance of fan involvement now as they look ahead to having representation on the club's board in the future.Both on and off field matters come up in the conversation, with the situation as it stands and the important next steps also on the agenda.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Southampton, Squad Character & The Blues going into the back-end of the season

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 39:22

    This week on the Royal Blue Podcast, Christopher Beesley is joined by Gavin Buckland, Adam Jones & Sam Carroll to take a look back on the weekend's disappointing result at St. Mary's against Southampton. The lads take a look at the initial impressions that Frank Lampard has had and the tough run that he and the squad have ahead of them. Dominic Calvert-Lewin's form is discussed along with the responsibility there is on the players to step up going into the back end of the season with some difficult games on the horizon. The boys talk about how realistic it is for Everton to stay in the league and how more than anything, performances are needed. Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Frank Lampard's rejuvenated Everton set sights on Southampton & Rising Ticket Prices at Goodison

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 44:13

    Welcome to the latest Episode of the Royal Blue Podcast! Adam Jones is in the hot seat this week and is in the esteemed company of Chris Beesley, Paul Wheelock and Gav Buckland, as the quartet preview this weekend's South-Coast Clash with Southampton!The Blues are on a high after their 3-0 win over Leeds, and will be looking to build on their impressive development under Frank Lampard.Talk then moves to Everton's decision to raise Season Ticket Prices for the first time in 10 years at Goodison Park, a move which has sparked much debate.Enjoy!

    Royal Blue Podcast: Nick Palmer US Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 31:42

    USA-based fan Nick Palmer a.k.a. Astro has been keeping fellow Evertonians entertained with his high-energy online videos all season and now he joins the Royal Blue podcast as a special guest.A colourful character on both Twitter and YouTube, the 43-year-old remains humble about his new-found fame, proclaiming: "Without y'all I'm just some silly dufus from middle Georgia that loves Everton too much."Chris Beesley asks Nick about the attention he's received, his thoughts on the season so far and hopes for the future under Frank Lampard plus how he became a Blue.Enjoy!

    Royal Blue: Goodison Park atmosphere, Frank Lampard impact lifts Alex Iwobi & Donny van de Beek stars

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 43:30

    Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley and Connor O'Neill to get into Everton's 3-0 win over Leeds United at Goodison Park on Saturday. The panel discuss the importance of getting back to winning ways in front of the home crowd as well as analysing the impact of the home support. Alex Iwobi's showing was also praised with Frank Lampard having publicly spoken about the trust he has in the former Arsenal midfielder before conversation moves onto Donny van de Beek. Having won the Man of the Match award on his home debut, the panel look deeper into how his move to Goodison Park came about, the role he could play for the remainder of the season and what the chances could even be of him staying with the Blues. Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Centre Back Injury Woes and Leeds Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 35:03

    Host Chris Beesley is joined by Gavin Buckland and Adam Jones to preview a huge game against Leeds at Goodison, was well as discuss injury problems and proactive support.The relegation battle the Toffees find themselves in is also on the agenda, as the lads look ahead to all of the big games left to be played this season.How will Lampard and his squad bounce back from the Newcastle defeat? Will the support at Goodison spur them on to a huge victory over Leeds? It's all on the agenda for this episode of the Royal Blue podcast!

    Royal Blue Podcast: Newcastle Loss, League Position and Yerry Mina

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 31:48

    Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Chris Beesley, Gavin Buckland and Adam Jones to review a disappointing loss to Newcastle as well as discuss the wider implications on Everton's league position.The impact of Yerry Mina's injury is also on the agenda as the Blues look ahead to a crucial game at Goodison against Leeds United.How will this loss be taken by Lampard and his squad? And what do Everton need to do to avoid being drawn into a relegation battle? It's all on the agenda for another episode of the Royal Blue podcast!

    Royal Blue Podcast: FA Cup Statement, Frank Lampard Factor and Dele Alli Debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 40:32

    Join Chris Beesley, Connor O'Neill and Gavin Buckland as they revisit Everton's emphatic 4-1 win over Brentford in Frank Lampard's first game in charge of Everton. There's also a look ahead to tomorrow night's trip to St James' Park, where new signings Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek will hope to feature.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Lampard's First Game & Ashley Cole Appointment

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 46:02

    Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to look ahead to Frank Lampard's first game in charge as well as the appointment of Ashley Cole.Deadline day has passed and Frank Lampard has the squad he will be working with for the rest of the season, but the additions continued with the recruitment of Lampard's former teammate Ashley Cole into the Goodison coaching staff.But how will Cole's impact be felt? And what will Lampard's first team look like?It's all on the agenda for another lively podcast.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Frank Lampard appointment and Everton's hectic transfer deadline day assessed

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 54:02

    Host Adam Jones is joined by Phil Kirkbride, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to discuss a whirlwind transfer deadline day.Frank Lampard has been confirmed as the new Everton manager, with the panel discussing his announcement and excitement around the coming weeks under his leadership.And, of course, the Blues also confirmed important arrivals in both Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli making moves to Goodison Park.But how will they fit into the same system? What will Everton look like in the future?It's all on the agenda for another lively podcast.

    Royal Blue Podcast: DEADLINE DAY - Dele Alli, Donny van de Beek, Luka Jovic Latest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 16:55

    Join Adam Jones and Kai Delaney for all the latest developments from Finch Farm on transfer deadline day.Frank Lampard has been officially confirmed as manager, while there are updates on the deals involving Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek and Spurs' Dele Alli.

    Royal Blue Podcast: David Prentice Special! A look back over Prenno's incredible career

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 42:30

    A special Royal Blue podcast was recorded to mark the departure of a Liverpool ECHO legend.Dave Prentice, who has held a variety of roles at the ECHO for over three decades, is today leaving the company to join Everton Football Club.Dave, who has written about his beloved Blues for 34 years, talks about his new role as Senior Communications Manager at Goodison and why he is making the change in his career.But the former Everton Reporter and Sports Editor, takes us back through the journey of his journalistic life which has Everton had the very heart of it.Dave talks about his favourite matches to have reported on, the highs and lows of the job, an incredible run of having never missed a match, and the managers who became more than contacts.Sit back, relax and listen to Dave's tale of an incredible career in football journalism.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Everton's Aston Villa loss, fan protests and managerial search latest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 49:03

    Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to dissect another busy few days for Everton.The Blues unfortunately suffered another loss on Saturday as Aston Villa won 1-0 at Goodison Park.The panel discuss Duncan Ferguson's credentials as temporary manager and the team selection decisions the caretaker boss made in what was generally a drab performance.Fan protests after the game are also gone over in detail, with Farhad Moshiri continually under pressure to make structural changes at the club.Finally, the lads talk about the managerial role at Goodison Park, with Vitor Pereira the latest name to be linked.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Duncan Ferguson, Ownership & Aston Villa

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 46:39

    The Royal Blue Podcast back! Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Gavin Buckland, Christopher Beesley & Adam Jones to discuss all things Everton FC. The gang start off by sinking their teeth into the recent appointment of Duncan Ferguson as they touch upon his Press Conference from earlier today, they then move on to the current state of the club and what they would like to see from a managerial and ownership perspective moving forward. To round up, the lads looked ahead to the upcoming fixture against Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Rafa Benitez Sacked | Reaction | Martinez, Ferguson & Rooney In Contention

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 45:18

    The drama continues at Everton as a 2-1 defeat to bottom of the table Norwich City proved the final act for Rafa Benitez who was sacked on Sunday after just half a season in charge.The former Liverpool boss won just one of his last 13 matches in charge of the Blues and after wielding the axe on his hugely-controversial summer appointment, owner Farhad Moshiri is now searching for his seventh manager in less than six years at the club.Just where to Everton go from here and who do they turn to ahead of Aston Villa's visit to Goodison Park this weekend?Chris Beesley, Connor O'Neill and Gavin Buckland join host Sam Carroll to dissect the rubble in the Royal Blue podcast.

    Everton confirm Norwich injury boost while Anwar El Ghazi and Lucas Digne transfers discussed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 40:09

    Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland at the end of another busy week for Everton.The club have brought in another player, confirming the loan signing of Anwar El Ghazi until the end of the campaign.Meanwhile, Lucas Digne completed his permanent transfer in the opposite direction, joining Aston Villa.The panel discusses both of those moves and talks over a very important clash against Norwich this weekend.Injury boosts and Rafa Benitez's tactics are top of the agenda, with some positive predictions at the end too!

    Royal Blue: Everton scrape past Hull, Leicester City postponement and Lucas Digne latest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 46:42

    Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Chris Beesley to discuss a busy few days of Everton news.The Blues scraped past Hull City on Saturday evening after extra time thanks to a late goal from Andros Townsend.The panel discuss more impressive displays from Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray, but again question the system that the visitors lined up with.Also on the agenda is Everton's match with Leicester City frustratingly being postponed for the second time, and the latest on Lucas Digne's future after strong links to Aston Villa.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Rafa Benitez's extraordinary Lucas Digne revelation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 39:28

    Join Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones, Chris Beesley, Dave Prentice & Gav Buckland on the Royal Blue Podcast as they react to Rafa's claim that Lucas Digne wants to leave Everton. Benitez detailed a conversation between the pair and explained why he believes Digne is more concerned about his own 'stats' than the team's performances.

    Royal Blue Podcast Special Edition: Boys from the Blue Stuff - Gavin Buckland's new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 60:09

    In a special edition of the Royal Blue podcast, Gavin Buckland speaks about his new book Boys from the Blue Stuff with the Echo's David Prentice and host Chris Beesley.Following on from his 2019 publication Money Can't Buy Us: Everton in the 1960s, Gavin's latest release - which is available now - charts Everton's rise to 1980s glory through the difficult days of Billy Bingham and Gordon Lee's reign and then Howard Kendall's early struggles before a dramatic and glorious turnaround.The highs and lows of the era are brought to life through 400 illuminating pages of Gavin's prose and he and David discuss how the book has inspired them to re-evaluate a period that was their respective formative years.Concluding with the Blues' magnificent 1985 League Championship and success in the European Cup-Winners' Cup, with what is considered the greatest team in the club's history and one of the best club sides the English game has ever produced, Gavin points out that at least readers know that there's a happy ending!

    Royal Blue Podcast: Reaction to Everton's grim Brighton defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 53:22

    Join Adam Jones, Chris Beesley, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland as they reflect on Everton's disappointing defeat to Brighton, Rafa Benitez's confusing setup and the club's worrying run of recent form

    Royal Blue Podcast - The Blues Secure An Important Point At Stamford Bridge

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 42:17

    Rafa Benitez's men travelled down to Stamford Bridge for a tricky affair with Chelsea but the blues held out against a tough opponent, Mason Mount with the opener after 70 minutes but it was a quick reply from Jarrad Branthwaite that saw Everton go on to gain a point in the capital.

    Royal Blue Podcast - Dissecting the Everton 'mess' and the future of Rafa Benitez

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 47:53

    The Royal Blue Podcast returns to discuss the 'mess' Everton and Rafa Benitez find themselves in after defeat to Crystal Palace. Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland as they discuss the loss at Selhurst Park, the future of Rafa Benitez and the situation surrounding Lucas Digne. Benitez was jeered by Everton supporters following the substitution of Richarlison on Sunday and despite Adam and Dave having some sympathy for the manager, the panel admits he has backed himself into a corner with his treatment of Digne. You can follow the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or follow the panel on Twitter at @Adam_Jones94, @prenno and @GavinBuckland1.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Digne Dilemma, January Transfer Targets & a trip to the Eagles' Nest

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 37:14

    Welcome to the latest episode of the Royal Blue Podcast with Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Adam Jones!The show begins with a reflection of the superb late win against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday, and whether Rafa is beginning to turn things around.The lads preview this weekend's clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and with that comes plenty of discussion around selection, most notably the situation of left-back Lucas Digne.And of course, with the January transfer window drawing near, there is plenty of transfer rumours and potential targets to discuss.Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast Special: Alan Ball Departure 50 Year Anniversary

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 45:10

    We've produced a special edition of the Royal Blue podcast as we mark the anniversary of one of the most-seismic moments in Everton's history.We're reflecting upon the departure of an Everton legend, one of the greatest and most-influential players ever to don the royal blue jersey, Alan Ball.Some 50 years ago this month on December 22 1971, Ball was sold by Everton manager Harry Catterick to Arsenal for a then British record fee of £220,000.For those who recall the sale, it was Goodison's Park's very own version of a JFK assassination/Neil Armstrong moon landing – two huge global news events still fresh in the memory at the time – “where were you when you heard the news?” type moments but it also resonates for the many Evertonians who were either too young to remember or indeed not even born at that time.Ball himself is famously quoted as saying: “Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same” but were the Blues fundamentally altered once they made the hugely-controversial decision to cash in on their prize asset some 50 years ago?Host Chris Beesley is joined by BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty, Gavin Buckland and David Prentice to discuss the impact of this decision that was so controversial, it's still being fiercely debated half a century later.

    Royal Blue: Gray skies over Goodison lift as Rafa Benitez's hand strengthened following Marcel Brands departure

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 45:57

    There was loads to pack into this latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast. A first win in nine matches, the dropping of the team's star left-back and, not to mention, the exit of Everton's director of football, among many other things. It has been an eventful few days in the recent history of the Blues and trying to make sense of it all were Gav Buckland, Chris Beesley and Dave Prentice. Host Phil Kirkbride kick-starts the pod by asking the panel for their reflections on a dramatic night at Goodison where Rafa Benitez's side came from behind to defeat Arsenal and claim a vital victory to stop the rot. The performances of Demarai Gray, Richarlison and Michael Keane are discussed before the conversation moves onto the major news of the week - Brands' departure. The lads talk about Brands' legacy, the conditions in which he worked for the past three-and-a-half-years and what this now means for the director of football model at Goodison. Talk then turns to one of Brands' best signings: Lucas Digne. Digne was bombed from Benitez's squad on Monday night and the lads wonder if a January transfer could be on the cards? Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Bonus Special! Arsenal Preview & a big January ahead for Dominic Calvert-Lewin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 31:17

    Hello and Welcome to a Bonus Special of the Royal Blue Podcast with your host Adam Jones, who is joined by Gav Buckland and Dave Prentice.The trio preview the Toffees' clash with Arsenal on Monday Night in yet another 'must-win' match for Rafa Benitez.Following the recent transfer speculation surrounding star-striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Monday's opponents, the lads also highlight the significance the imminent January Transfer Window may have.Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Merseyside Derby Defeat Reaction as Season hits new low for Everton

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 44:48

    Are Everton at a Crisis Point after Derby Defeat?Join Sam Carroll, Chris Beesley, Adam Jones and Dave Prentice who discuss all things Everton in the aftermath of their 1-4 loss to rivals Liverpool.Talk begins with the on-pitch analysis, and how performance levels of late have given Rafa Benitez and Toffees alike plenty to worry about.Plus, of course, the situation in the Goodison Park Board Room with Farhad Moshiri's antics, and Marcel Brands who came under fire in the ground last night.

    Analysing Everton: Rafa Benitez's misfortune, Moshiri's wasted fortune & blueprint for Blues success

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 58:20

    Analysing Everton is back! Dave Hughes joins Josh Williams for a crossover with Analysing Anfield ahead of the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. Josh and Dave discuss the themes around both clubs this season, how Jurgen Klopp has got the Reds firing, with more emphasis on attack, while Rafa's Blues struggle. There's a look at the recruitment model at both clubs with FSG's success at Anfield in comparison to Farhad Moshiri's wasteful spending at Everton. Plus there's a tactical breakdown of what to expect on Wednesday night. Enjoy.

    Royal Blue: Everton Stung By The Bees Ahead of Goodison Derby

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 40:53

    The Royal Blue Podcast returns following the disappointing away defeat to Brentford on Sunday.Host Sam Carroll is joined by Chris Beesley, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland as the panel contemplate what comes next for Rafa Benitez as well as looking ahead to a crunch Merseyside derby against Liverpool in midweek. Everton are without victory since the end of September and the pressure surrounding Benitez - as well as several mitigating circumstances following his controversial summer appointment - is discussed. Dave urges Farhad Moshiri to make an appearance at Goodison Park on Wednesday for the visit of Liverpool, while Gav explains why Salomon Rondon may continue to lead the line despite still searching for his first Everton goal. Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Abdoulaye Doucouré - To Start or not to Start & is Brentford a Six-Pointer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 47:24

    Welcome back to the latest edition of the Royal Blue Podcast!Host Phil Kirkbridge is joined by the usual suspects Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to reflect on the recent Toffees performances including the recent loss away to Manchester City.With most of the talk regarding Abdoulaye Doucouré's return (or perhaps non-return) from injury, the lads debate other whether the French midfielder should start or not.Attention then turns to the Striker issues, with Rafa Benitez's recent Press Conference raising eyebrows, where he named the 'remaining' attacking options his side has left, and what impact this may have on his side.And of course, the lads preview this weekend's clash with Brentford in London, and give their predictions of what could be a sticky encounter for the Toffees.Enjoy.

    Royal Blue: Everton left with the Blues after loss at Etihad as Rafa Benitez waits on stars to return

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 36:18

    The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week to discuss the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday. Everton fell to a heavy loss as Rafa Benitez continues to wait for several star players - including Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin - to return. Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley to discuss poor performances from several individuals and what comes next during a tough run of fixtures. There is also time to discuss a new club for Tony Hibbert and transfer rumours linking Jordan Pickford with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Enjoy.

    Royal Blue Podcast: Can Everton really get a result at Man City, will Fabian Delph shine again & should Everton cash in on Jordan Pickford?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 40:58

    It's the ground where Everton regularly took a knife to a gunfight - and came out on top.The Toffees won on four successive visits to Manchester City in the noughties - and even enjoyed back to back draws in 2016 and 2017.But that was then. They haven't won at the Etihad since 2010 - and Phil Kirkbride, Gavin Buckland and David Prentice try to keep it upbeat as they discuss Sunday's post-international break visit.They discuss line ups, the importance of Fabian Delph, Jordan Pickford's future and can Everton realistically expect to come away from the champions with a positive result. Spoiler. Someone does.

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