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July 16, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 07/16/2012

As with every other summer, football fans didn't have long to wait for their fix of the beautiful game. The European Championships proved to be the most exciting tournament since 1996 as well as strengthening the argument that it is a tougher competition to win than the World Cup.

May 27, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 05/27/2012

If the Premier League wanted a marquee season for its 20th year, they certainly received more than they bargained for in what turned out to be a real humdinger, going right down to the wire from top to bottom. Many a pub conversation has trundled across the “which is better, the English or the Spanish league” debate, well if we have learnt anything from this year, it's that this Premier League is far from predictable, which possibly is no longer a characteristic of La Liga.

April 26, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 04/26/2012

In all honesty I've been sitting on this instalment for a fortnight, I didn't want to pen anything prior to the FA Cup Semi Final in case the powers that be read my optimism and decided to jinx me, as it turns out it probably wouldn't have made much difference but we'll cover that shortly. Then following the culmination of our Cup run I didn't want to come across overly emotional and negative about the remainder of our campaign, especially before, a jaunt down the M62 for an assumed annual whooping from Manchester United at Old Trafford. So I held off, instead aiming to refer to the previous 2 games but focussing mainly on the final possible point haul for this campaign.

April 3, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 04/03/2012

What March promised to deliver following on from a decent January and February, eventually lived up to its potential with 10 points from a possible 18 pushing us up to 7th place in the Premier League and a FA Cup semi final date set with Liverpool on 14th April.

March 8, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 03/08/2012

Everton's annual spring revival is in flow having now only been beaten twice since the turn of the year, in a dismal display at home to Bolton and the rescheduled trip to White Hart Lane following last summer's cancellation due to the North London riots, but since then we have managed an eight match run without tasting defeat.

February 9, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 02/09/2012

February has started exceptionally cold with most of the UK seeing snowflakes falling heavily, but nothing could dampen the warmth that Evertonians felt at the close of the January transfer window. In a bizarre twist of unusual occurrences Everton were for once the buyer rather that the vendor and the month that recently has terrified us the most, actually became exciting.

January 19, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 01/19/2012

Its been really hard to get excited about this season so far and despite seeing in the turn of the year we are still waiting for it to take off. My last instalment saw us starting to build momentum towards a decent run, which came crashing down following a lacklustre performance against a struggling Bolton Wanderers side.

January 3, 2012
Posted by Jack Dowden on 01/03/2012

The always torturous Christmas period has been relatively kind to the Toffees as Everton’s annual second half of the season resurgence appears to have started. Eight points from a possible 12 is a decent return for a team which has struggled to find consistency, four games undefeated going into a home encounter with Bolton Wanderers is surely the momentum we need to extend that run further, starting with the Trotters before a nice break in the league programme for the FA Cup.

December 1, 2011
Posted by Jack Dowden on 12/01/2011

Where do I start? This will be both the easiest and hardest thing I will write this year. On Sunday 27th November 2011, a wife lost a husband, children lost a father, football lost a gentleman and Evertonians lost a Blue. Even as I write this I’m still overwhelmed with emotion and welling up at the tragic passing of Gary Speed.

November 15, 2011
Posted by Jack Dowden on 11/15/2011

Apologies for the length of time since my last blog, I managed to fracture my wrist whist partaking in a spot of Togger. My father’s words of condolence were damning: "If you didn't have bad luck you'd have no luck at all". Which is also quite an apt summary of Everton so far this autumn.

Jack Dowden Jack Dowden - I was around 20 when I realised if I was to pursue my interest in the beautiful game it would probably be best for all involved that I stayed as far away from the pitch as possible. After several years searching for my niche within the game, I stumbled across Blogging, which brings together perfectly my two strengths and passions, English and Football. As the French Philosopher Rene Descartes proclaimed, "I Blog, therefore I am", or words to that effect!

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