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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 and Gavin Buckland, and in association with SportPesa, main sponsors of Everton Football Club; Ian Croll’s View from the Gwladys Street, the podcast by the fans for the fans; and our Preview and Post-Game shows hosted by Paul Wheelock.

Everton FC podcasts from the Liverpool ECHO, including our main Royal Blue show with Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland, and in association with SportPesa, main sponsors of Everton Football Club; Ian Croll’s View from the Gwladys Street, the podcast by the fans for the fans; and our Preview and Post-Game shows hosted by Paul Wheelock.
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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 and Gavin Buckland, and in association with SportPesa, main sponsors of Everton Football Club; Ian Croll’s View from the Gwladys Street, the podcast by the fans for the fans; and our Preview and Post-Game shows hosted by Paul Wheelock.




Royal Blue: Lossl arrival, favourite free transfers, and an Everton story that's not had the attention it warrants

The first signing of Everton's summer has been confirmed! Jonas Lossl will officially join the Blues on July 1 after putting pen to paper on a three year deal. And the Royal Blue podcast team sat down just after the goalkeeper's arrival was confirmed to talk about the Danish international's addition to the squad. The 30-year-old joins on a free after being released by Huddersfield Town and so the panel discuss their favourite free transfers from Everton history. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined...


Royal Blue: Why Everton's move for Lössl makes sense and is it a case of Gomes or Zouma

Friday's Royal Blue podcast focused on the players heading out of Goodison Park this summer. But the latest edition of our flagship show concentrates on the men who be could making permanent moves to Everton during the summer transfer window - starting with Jonas Lössl. The Huddersfield Town goalkeeper has been tipped to join the Blues on a free transfer. But what do our panel, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland, make of that? One of our trio is 'underwhelmed' but his colleagues...


View from the Gwladys Street: The Everton Fan End Of Season Review

This is the podcast where we look back on the campaign as whole. The ups, the downs, the highs and the lows. The overall verdict of the season from the fans who have followed the Blues all year round. There’s a full squad for this one. No last minute injuries, No last minute pull outs. Guests include Graham Callaghan, Connor O’Neill and Rob Astell with host, Ian Croll. The lads give their opinion player of the season, young player of the season, moment of the season, regret of the season,...


The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Keane, Stubbs, Bramley-Moore Dock and Silva's first season

We have teamed up with broadcaster and big Evertonian Alan Myers for a brand new podcast on the Royal Blue channel - and what a first episode to begin with! It kicks off with Alan in the studio with two fellow Blues, the ECHO's sports editor Dave Prentice and writer Sam Carroll. They look back on the first season under Marco Silva and Marcel Brands before we get the opinion of former Everton defender Alan Stubbs. Stubbs and ex-Blues striker Yakubu, along with Prenno and Sam, also give their...


Royal Blue: What is Everton's transfer priority this summer - buying or selling?

That is the first question on today's edition of the Royal Blue podcast as the panel go into depth on the potential outgoings from Goodison. Everton will attempt to reduce their bloated squad again this summer and reduce a wage bill that topped £145m in the latest set of accounts - but how hard is the task at hand? And do Marcel Brands, Marco Silva and the Blues board have a tougher job at getting rid of the deadwood this summer, than they did last? Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Gavin...


Lars Jacobsen on overcoming injury heartbreak to play in the 2009 FA Cup final, working with Moyes and playing with Arteta, Cahill and Baines, and his special year at Everton

For Evertoninans, Saturday's FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford may well refresh the memory of the last time their side reached a Wembley showpiece. That came in 2009 when, despite Louis Saha scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup final history, the Blues were eventually beaten 2-1 by a Chelsea team in their pomp. An unlikely substitute for David Moyes that boiling hot day was Lars Jacobsen, who came on for Tony Hibbert at half-time in what would prove to be his last appearance for...


View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s end of season party atmosphere was great but 8th place finish is no cause for celebration

A solid display in the final game of the Premier League season culminated in Everton finishing the season in 8th position. Not exceptional by any means, but Blues fans are looking at the bigger picture. The feeling from last year’s 8th place finish under Sam Allardyce is completely different. There is a sense of expectation of what can be achieved should Everton make strides in the transfer window. In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast, Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell...


Royal Blue: Marco Silva's big successes from the season and the moments he will reflect on with regret

It's the end of season review on this edition of the Royal Blue podcast. Everton rounded off Marco Silva's first campaign in charge with a 2-2 draw with Champions League finalists Spurs on Sunday. The Blues finished in the same league position as last season but with more points, more wins, having scored more and conceded less. And today's panel are disappointed that another season has gone by without silverware and no European football secured, they find plenty of reasons to feel...


Royal Blue: Everton's chances of signing Andre Gomes and a surprise name in the Goodison sales

There may still be one Premier League game to go, but the transfer speculation has already started. And one story that will have concerned Evertonians emanating from Spain on Friday was that on-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has agreed to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Marco Silva played down those suggestions at his weekly press conference, but should Blues fans worry the classy Portuguese playmaker could go elsewhere? It's a clear Barcelona would like to move him on,...


Press Conference: Silva on Spurs Gomes reports, Schneiderlin form, and double striker injury

Marco Silva was back in front of the media this afternoon for the final time this season - and we have every word the Everton manager had to say in what was an interesting press conference. The Blues head to Tottenham Hotspur's new ground on Sunday and Silva is asked whether it could be the perfect time to play Mauricio Pochettino's men given their exerts in midweek, when they produced a miraculous recovery to beat Ajax and qualify for the Champions League final. Tottenham's success is even...


View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s Zouma plans thrown into doubt, the Gueye conundrum and the enigma that is Morgan Schneiderlin

The end of season run in can be the catalyst for greater things under Marco Silva next season. He just needs the resource and backing to take that next step. Host, Ian Croll is joined by Connor Bennett and Rob Astell for this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast. The show this week focuses on Wednesday’s breaking news that Chelsea are unable to sign players for the next two years after their appeal was rejected. Does this mean the end of a great relationship between Everton and...


The inside story of one of the most important days in Goodison history 25 years on - Everton 3 Wimbledon 2

We have a very special Royal Blue podcast for you looking back on one of the most dramatic and important days in Everton's history - the nerve-shredding 3-2 victory over Wimbledon at Goodison Park on the final day of the 1993-94 that ensured the club's Premier League survival in the most unlikely of fashions. The Blues were staring down the abyss before and during the never-to-be-forgotten encounter but, thanks to an incredible comeback and results elsewhere, they got the win they needed and...


Royal Blue: Fortress Goodison, Schneiderlin redemption and why Solskjaer is right about Everton

Just like at Goodison Park on Friday night, spirits are high in the ECHO's recording studio for the first Royal Blue podcast of the week after Everton cruised to a routine 2-0 win over Burnley in their final home game of the season. But Dave Prentice, who is joined by Sam Carroll, Paul Wheelock and host Phil Kirkbride, argues that the first half-an-hour was anything but routine as well as reminding supporters at the contrast between that and what was served up in the last home match of last...


Post-Game: Everton keep European hopes alive with comfortable victory over Burnley

Everton's record for their final five home games of the season reads P5 W4 D1 G9 A0, and 13 points from a possible 15, after they signed off their Goodison Park programme in style with a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley. Paul Wheelock kicks us off - he can't get his heard round the fact Richarlison's goal has been credited to Ben Mee - before our Everton FC reporter Adam Silva provides his definitive verdict on the night's action. And a short but sweet podcast rounds off with the full audio...


Royal Blue: The Holy Trinity, the need for European football, and a Goodison send-off

Moments before Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley were set to record the latest Royal Blue podcast, there was an impromptu visitor to the ECHO - none other than David France, the man who created the Everton Former Players Foundation and Everton Heritage Society, and who assembled the finest collection of Blues memorabilia in the world. Naturally, we invited him on to the pod, which fittingly starts with a discussion over the 'Holy Trinity' statue that will be unveiled before the...


Press Conference: Silva on fight for Europe, Davies deal and future, plus Mina and Walcott fitness

Marco Silva was in front of the media on Thursday morning to preview Everton's final home game of the season against Burnley. The Blues, realistically, need to win it and then beat Tottenham Hotspur on the last day to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe, and Silva is asked about the fight for seventh place and whether it is one worth winning, given the recent struggles of both Everton and Burnley. The Blues boss is also quizzed on the new contract for Tom Davies, as well as the fitness...


Royal Blue: Tom Davies' new deal, the race for Europe, and the next step in Everton's development

Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland are back with the latest Royal Blue podcast, which is hosted by Paul Wheelock given our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride is taking a well-deserved week off. And the panel start by discussing the new and improved contract handed to Tom Davies. The deal shows the faith Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have in the young midfielder, but Gav also argues it is a good way of protecting an asset. Davies has found first-opportunities limited of late, but...


View from the Gwladys Street: The striker question that won't go away and banishing a myth about Marco

Everton will go into their last home game of the season at Goodison Park in good spirits after taking 17 points from the last 27 on offer, but did Saturday's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace highlight a problem that has never really been solved since Romelu Lukaku's departure. It's one of the big talking points of the View from the Gwladys Street fans' podcast, featuring Blues Tom Clarke and Anthony McEllin and hosted by Paul Wheelock. The trio are full of praise for the job Dominic Calvert-Lewin...


Post-Game: Everton left to rue lack of killer touch after dominating Crystal Palace

Everton made it seven clean sheets in their last nine matches by drawing 0-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. But a lack of killer touch in the final third cost the Blues a deserved three points, which could prove costly in the pursuit of seventh place. Phil Kirkbride and Sam Carroll were at Selhurst Park for the ECHO and they kick off this podcast by delivering their verdicts on what they witnessed, before you’ll be able to listen to Marco Silva’s press conference in full.


Royal Blue: The future of two True Blues and the other Everton player snubbed by the PFA

With Marcel Brands and Marco Silva set to hold talks over the future of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, with the expectation that the long-serving duo will get an answer on new contracts before the final home game of the season, a large part of the latest Royal Blue podcast concerns two players who have been cornerstones for the club. Phil Kirkbride is the man firing the questions at Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Paul Wheelock, who start by discussing whether it's right that Baines - as...