August brought the start of the 2008/09 campaign - and two new additions to the Everton squad.
David Moyes made his first signing of the summer when Danish defender Lars Jacobsen arrived on a free from relegated Bundesliga outfit Nuremburg.
He was followed into Goodison Park by Ecuadorian international Segundo Castillo, who joined on a season-long loan from Red Star Belgrade.
The month began with the conclusion of the pre-season tour of America - the Blues beat Colorado Rapids 2-1 - before a forgettable 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven at Goodison.
The friendly was significant however for a broken toe sustained by Steven Pienaar. It would deprive Everton of the South African's services until the end of September.
The first Premier League fixture of the new campaign brought Blackburn Rovers and their new manager, Paul Ince, to Merseyside.
Goals from Mikel Arteta and Yakubu had looked to have salvaged a draw after David Dunn and Roque Santa Cruz had twice put the visitors in front. But, with seconds remaining on the clock, Dutch international Andre Oojer bundled in to inflict an agonising defeat on the Toffees.
Second-half efforts from Leon Osman and Yakubu made for the perfect response a week later as Moyes' men won 2-1 at Tony Mowbray's newly-promoted West Brom.
The month was to end with more Goodison gloom however - a 3-0 defeat to Portsmouth leaving supporters, players and manager all scratching their heads.