Over the years, NSNO has reached some important milestones and been involved in several key events in Everton‘s recent history. The following is our attempt at highlighting each one throughout the years.
Where possible, we will also provide links to areas on the site, or on other websites, which give more detail to the events, although some are purely facts and figures.
This page is still very much a work in progress
24th June 2004: NSNO hits the web.
Mid-July 2004: NSNO picked up by news aggregator NewsNow.co.uk
Late-July 2004: Published first pictures of the then Everton striker Wayne Rooney’s first tattoo
September 2004: Bill Kenwright calls NSNO Editor Simon Paul to speak about the sale of Wayne Rooney to Manchester United
August 2005: NSNO reveal that Andy Van der Meyde is signing for Everton, the first media outlet to publish the news, after being told by Everton CEO Keith Wyness outside the stadium in Villarreal
August 2005: NSNO beat Liverpool fan site This is Anfield 7-3 in a charity match on Stanley Park
October 2005: First “former player” interview, with Neville Southall done over the telephone
April 2006 : NSNO editor Simon Paul creates website for Bob Latchford’s book “30” which was published to raise money for the Everton Former Players Foundation by Bob and Martin O’Boyle
March 2007: Involved in first meeting of what became “Keep Everton in Our City” at The Casa in Liverpool
May 2007: First NSNO End of Season dinner, with league championship winners Gordon West, Alan Whittle, and for the first time ever doing an after-dinner speech, Tony Kay
December 2007: NSNO Christmas dinner with Kevin Ratcliffe
May 2008: End of season dinner with Neville Southall subbed for Gary Stevens and John Bailey after the Everton keeper was taken ill
September 2008: Published book “100 Greatest Everton Moments“
March 2009: “Bally” and “Thom” join the forum moderation team. “Bally” as “Forum Manager” while “Thom” is now “Assistant Editor” of the front pages of the site.
May 2009: End of season dinner with Bob Latchford and Tony Cottee
May 2009: NSNO run ballot for final “Hall of Fame” entrants with Dr David France.
May 2009: NSNO run a coach to Wembley for the FA Cup Final against Chelsea
May 2009: Meetings with Robert Elstone bring about a more professional relationship between club and website
October 2009: Published book “Cup Final Blues“
December 2009: NSNO switches forum software from the failing e107 framework to SMF
Early 2010: “Gash” joins the forum moderation team
June 2010: Following the switch from e107 for our forums, the news / articles area of the site is switched WordPress
July 2010: NSNO’s forums reach one million posts
June 2011: Organised Dr France’s “Everton Family Gathering” at Liverpool Town Hall after he was awarded the “Citizen of Honour” award by the city
September 2011: NSNO decision not to support The Blue Union after taped discussions with Bill Kenwright published
December 2011: A month of short daily podcasts featuring the daily news about Everton compliments the sporadic monthly editions.
August 2012: First with the news that Steven Pienaar would rejoin Everton from Spurs despite being picked on the bench on deadline day for the Londoners. Record numbers of users online on our forums set at 943.
August 2013: Invited into press box for pre-season game against Real Betis
September 2013: Record for most users online on our forums is broken to become 1,069 at one time
December 2013: Met with Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert for interviews for the site
May 2014: Once again met with Roberto Martinez as part of the fan group interviews with the manager
June 2014: Si and Bally record the successful “World Cup Podcast” on each day there is a game during the World Cup – more than 2,000 people listen to each episode
July 2014: Met with Leon Osman and helped him take his first ever selfie
August 2014: Once again in the press box for the pre-season game, this time against Porto
March 2015: Released our first book, The 100 Greatest Everton Moments, as an Everton e-book
May 2015 : Met with Roberto Martinez to ask him about “that difficult second season.”
September 2015: Published our first print fanzine, which was distributed around Goodison Park for free to Evertonians. The fanzine was featured on BT Sport, BBC News, and NBC.
November 2015: Co-ordinate a minute’s applause as the match clock ticks over to 4:00 to celebrate the life of Howard Kendall at Goodison Park as Everton hit Sunderland for six.
December 2015: The second issue of our Everton fanzine published featuring interviews with Gerard Deulofeu, Andrei Kanchelskis and Marc Albrighton
April 2016: Third issue of our fanzine published, this time at Wembley for the FA Cup semi final. Featured interviews with Romelu Lukaku and Speedo Mick, as well as articles on Everton’s season so far and a focus on Ramiro Funes Mori.
August 2016: Fourth issue of our fanzine published with first fan interview with Ronald Koeman.
September 2016: Helped Dr David France launch his autobiography “Everton Crazy” (retitled Everton Proud on second printing) acting as host for several Q&A sessions and book signings, as well as helping create his “Everton Family” evening at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
December 2016: Two millionth forum post made to our Everton Forums.
April 2017: Published special edition of the NSNO Everton Fanzine to celebrate the life of Alex Young, who died this month. Words were by Dr David France and 10,000 copies were distributed at Goodison Park.
April 2017: Co-ordinated ballot for Everton Hall of Fame entrants alongside Toffeeweb.com
Latest posts by Simon Paul (see all)
- New home kit to be revealed within 2 weeks – with new sponsor - May 3, 2017
- Alex Young – the most cultured centre forward Great Britain has ever produced - February 27, 2017
- Remembering the day Everton lost a legend - October 17, 2016
- Koeman: Gueye wil add quality - August 2, 2016