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Everton Women Podcast: Episode 2. Poppy Pattinson
In the latest Everton Women edition of the Official Everton Podcast, we find out more about summer signing Poppy Pattinson.
The England Under-21 international completed a move from Bristol City in July, penning a two-year deal.
A native of the north-east, Pattinson joins Sarah Halpin and Davie Thompson to discuss her journey from Sunderland's youth academy to the Toffees, why she has been made to feel so welcome on Merseyside and her childhood heroes.
Pattinson also sings us her initiation song, plays our 'This Or That' game - and has a go at learning some Scouse phrases!
Hitzlsperger On Coming Out As Gay And Rediscovering His Passion For Football As CEO Of Stuttgart
Thomas Hitzlsperger has described his experience of coming out as gay and the positive impact doing so had on his life in an exclusive interview for the Official Everton Podcast.
The former Germany international midfielder opened up publicly about his sexuality in 2014, six months after leaving Everton and calling time on a career that saw him lift the Bundesliga title with VfB Stuttgart as well as play in England, Italy and on 52 occasions for his country.
He remains the most high-profile footballer to be openly gay.
In a fascinating chat ahead of National Coming Out Day this Sunday (11 October), Hitzlsperger, now the CEO of Stuttgart, reveals the advice he would give gay footballers considering coming out, explains why his exacting battles with Gareth Barry for a first-team place at Aston Villa led him to seek the England man out when they met on the international stage, and describes how he went from falling out of love with the game to taking a top boardroom job at one of Germany's most successful clubs.
He also details what it was like to realise his playing career was over at the age of just 31, why he believes more young English players should follow the example of Jonjoe Kenny and Jadon Sancho in moving to the Bundesliga, and why he still cites the "special" work of Everton in the Community as an example for other clubs to follow.
Mark Ward On Howard Kendall, Imprisonment And Witnessing The Aftermath Of 9/11
Former midfielder Mark Ward discusses his career journey and road to redemption in the latest edition of the Official Everton Podcast.
Learn how Ward recovered from the "bombshell" of being released by Everton as an 18-year-old in 1981 to fight his way back to sign for the Blues under Howard Kendall a decade later - and how he "broke down" on learning of the transfer from his then-Manchester City boss Peter Reid.
Discover how the teenage Ward would expend so much effort in training trying to compensate for a perceived lack of athleticism he would end sessions by being "physically sick".
Hear about the time he ran two hours to training - and then scored a hat-trick that weekend.
Learn why he credits another Blues legend in Joe Royle for reigniting his football career.
Hear his personal experiences of being resident in New York and seeing the harrowing aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.
And understand the circumstances that led to him being jailed for eight years in October 2005, a sentence of which he would serve half.
How Tim Cahill Convinced Aussie Star Raso To Join Everton
Recorded on the eve of the new WSL season, Hayley Raso discusses her long wait for a Blues debut and what fellow Australian Tim Cahill told her about the Club in the first of a new series for the Official Everton Podcast.
Listen to Raso explain how she recovered from damaging three vertebrae in her back to play and score in a World Cup finals just 12 months later, why a broken nose and the coronavirus delayed her new life on Merseyside, and how she is balancing football with studying for a future career as a paramedic.
Raso also talks about getting to know the city of Liverpool through her love of coffee, being one of six siblings, and fighting back from being released by Washington Spirit to be crowned a National Women's Super League champion with Portland Thorns.
The laid-back podcast kicks off a series that will see Sarah Halpin and Davie Thompson get to know all of the new faces in the Everton Women squad.
Jack Rodwell Talks Everton, Sunderland And Gareth Barry
In a new mini-series for the Official Everton Podcast, we're speaking to former Blues about their careers and life journeys after leaving Goodison Park.
Our latest guest, Jack Rodwell, joined Everton aged seven and rose through the ranks to make his First-Team debut in 2007 aged just 16.
He went on to play for England's senior team four years later and would collect a Premier League title winner's medal at Manchester City before falling to League One – and falling out of favour – at Sunderland.
In another fascinating edition of the Official Everton Podcast, Rodwell explains what he would now say to a 16-year-old version of himself, why he refuses to have regrets about his rollercoaster football journey, and discusses what drove his successful climb back to the Premier League with Sheffield United last season.
Rodwell also talks about Wayne Rooney's role in his ascension through Everton's Academy sides, missing the 2009 FA Cup final, how "ultimate professional" Phil Neville was really "one of the lads", and living under the scrutiny of the Sunderland 'Til I Die cameras.
The Southport-born midfielder goes on to pay tribute to his ex-City colleague Gareth Barry and express his hopes Sunderland and another of his former teams, Blackburn Rovers, one day reestablish themselves as pedigree top-flight clubs.
Jose Baxter: Life After Everton
In a new mini series for the Official Everton Podcast, we're speaking to former Blues about their careers and life journeys after leaving Everton.
Our latest guest, Jose Baxter, became the Club's youngest ever player in August 2008 when he appeared in a Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers aged just 16 years and 191 days.
Tipped for stardom, he went on to run out for Everton's First Team on just a further 14 occasions.
Spells at Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United followed before, in August 2016, Baxter was banned from football for 12 months for failing a drugs test.
He credits Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright, CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Under-23s boss David Unsworth with helping him get his career back on track - and paving the way to him joining his current side, Memphis 901 FC, the team co-owned by his former Toffees colleague Tim Howard.
Listen to our candid chat with Baxter, in which he discusses the dark days following his suspension from the game and how his family and Everton steered him back to the career he loves.
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