Stanley Park shimmered in the heat, the sunlight sparkled off the glass in the Gladstone Pavilion and the boating lakes. The evening sky was midnight blue, the grass vividly green. It was August and a great time to be facing Everton.
Everton could be set to complete the permanent return of Steven Pienaar after agreeing for Tim Cahill to move to New York Red Bulls.
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has accepted a three-match ban for being sent off against Newcastle on Saturday but has accused opponent Yohan Cabaye of using language which has "no place either on or off the football pitch".
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes 2011-12 has been one of the finest seasons in the club's history - regardless of the fact that their bid to secure a top-four finish ultimately proved unsuccessful.
An investigation was under way last night after two trains running on the same track crashed head-on in southern Poland, leaving 16 people dead and 58 injured in the country's worst rail disaster in more than 20 years.
Sir Trevor Brooking, a key figure in the Football Association's recruitment of the new England manager, would not allow any personal issues to affect his judgement as to whether Harry Redknapp is a suitable candidate for the role, it is understood.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is still in his prime and surely must be coveted by the Premier League’s big spenders
Birmingham have confirmed the Football League have placed them under a transfer embargo after they failed to submit their club accounts on time.
No 8 forced to return to club rather than rest with country while Narraway chooses move to France
England Under-21 4 Belgium Under-21 0
The Dutch can wake up in the morning disliking the hotel decor and go on strike
Premier League clubs could be in for another massive television cash windfall with a serious challenge to Sky's domination of top-flight domestic TV coverage by Al Jazeera now a "realistic prospect", according to the European head of ESPN.
English football is a step closer to reintroducing artificial pitches after the Football League announced plans to seek opinion on their possible return. The public consultation will run until the end of April and canvass the views of clubs, fans and officials.
Everton 1 Manchester City 0
Portsmouth have been issued with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs.
Sunderland 2 Swansea 0