Special pre-match activity ahead of first Goodison league game
The Blues boss will face West Bromwich Albion for his first Premier League game in front of the Everton faithful on Saturday 24 August and the 'Martinez March' is the perfect way to kick-off the new season.
Special face masks and Everton flags will also be dished out to junior Blues to commemorate the first home game of the new season.
From Stanley Park, supporters will make their way to Walton Lane via the gate opposite the Abbey pub before making their way into Goodison Road.
Once at the stadium, fans can enjoy the entertainment at the Park End Fan Zone then build up the excitement to kick-off by watching the Blues warm up from 2:20pm.
In the Fan Zone, there will be music, refreshments and Changy will be on hand to meet junior Blues, as well as special guests invited up on stage to give their thoughts on the upcoming season.
Crabbie's, the Official Ginger Beer of Everton Football Club, will also be at the Fan Zone up until kick-off to give out samples of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, which is available to buy in the concourses and corporate lounges in the stadium this season.
All supporters are welcome to join the 'Martinez March' — simply make your way to Stanley Park from midday on Saturday 24 August to soak up the atmosphere, anticipation and excitement ahead of a brand new season at Goodison Park.
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317 Posted 15/08/2013 at 15:38:50
346 Posted 15/08/2013 at 16:48:58
Has there ever been a more cringeworthy load of boollox dreamt up by this Club? I may be getting old, but I'd really be interested to hear from anybody who wants to parade around the streets near Goodison holding up an enormous banner welcoming the new Manager. Whatever happened to a standing ovation at five to three?
It must have come from BK surely. If anybody employed by the club came up with this they should be sacked.
348 Posted 15/08/2013 at 16:59:12
351 Posted 15/08/2013 at 17:01:17
354 Posted 15/08/2013 at 17:12:12
359 Posted 15/08/2013 at 17:22:25
361 Posted 15/08/2013 at 17:30:19
But wonder if Sharpey reckons they'll get more than "one man and his dog?"
Don't remember a March for Moyes; Saunter for Smith; Walk for Walker etc. Maybe it's to fit in with the new brand, new badge etc.
The Kopites will have a friggin field day if it comes off. Already calling us Wigaton (even tho Brenda signed two ex-Swansea players). Jesus wept... The People's Club, eh.
368 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:06:50
It is a farce and you can bet RM is cringing at the very thought and probably wishes he is laid down with 'flu on the day!
369 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:09:37
Rejoice! It's the start of a fantastic new era!!! We have a fantastic new manager — a proven trophy winner!!! Let's all celebrate!!!!
370 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:22:16
371 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:14:19
Is this new fan-friendly stance going a little too far now?
A golden chance for some anti-board shenanigans.
372 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:27:47
373 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:38:55
Seem to remember a taxi for Mr. Carey though!
375 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:45:21
No doubt this will provide similar ammo..
376 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:43:35
I'm for spontaneity and a genuine show of support unrequested by the club, rather than it being manufactured. Or at least making it look that way . All it would have taken would have been for the club to whisper in the ears of a couple of fan groups...
378 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:43:01
Michael, jumping the gun aren't we? Some new managers don't last until Christmas. No manager achieves an era under their tenure unless successful, so fingers crossed on that.
379 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:44:34
380 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:50:17
382 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:56:24
384 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:56:36
386 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:58:39
388 Posted 15/08/2013 at 18:51:01
I put the boot in as hard as anyone when the club fail or treat the fans like shite but the kids will love this. No matter how contrived it's a step in the right direction alongside apologising about the badge and impressing in America.
There is only one time the new boss is untainted by the cynicism of the season and it's now (or should be) - if you can get behind it do so.
389 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:04:57
393 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:17:00
396 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:19:10
Up the toffees!
398 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:21:44
399 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:27:50
402 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:23:31
404 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:32:46
408 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:48:46
410 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:51:36
411 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:52:19
412 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:47:07
The club have pulled off some crackers over the years I agree, but let's give them some credit for trying to engage with the fanbase. At the very least with some of the younger supporters on what should be a sunny and exciting day out.
418 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:00:07
419 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:00:08
By the way, for toe-curling moments anyone remember that bloody piper on the pitch before Blessed Walter's first game (Aston Villa 1998). Could hear the sodding dirge over the PA as we left the Top House...
421 Posted 15/08/2013 at 19:55:39
422 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:09:45
423 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:15:15
426 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:13:28
Martinez was my choice when BK was searching for our new man, but just like any other manager/player who comes in and who's wages I pay, he must earn the fans respect.
This feels to me like a (BK) stage production of Evita or something, FFS BK just get on with the football, we'll let him know if we like him!!!
428 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:20:20
429 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:15:16
430 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:22:48
432 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:25:59
433 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:26:22
434 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:18:01
This could grow wings if it successful....as the season goes on, can't we then have something similar each month - maybe:
September - the "Leon Limp"
October - the "Gibbo Jibbo"
November - the "Fellaini Fracas"
December - the "Bainsey Bottle Battle"
January - the "ToffeeWeb Trot"
February - the "Jagielka Hoof"
March - the "Relegation Rattle"
436 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:28:09
440 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:40:59
441 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:37:07
What would be really nice would be a march to the St George's Hall with a trophy in hand. I am not being a killjoy, it is a risible idea.
442 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:29:27
Duncan 379 - Crabbies tastes great. Crabs meanwhile - they're shit.
Cheer up you miserable bunch - were not relegated yet.
443 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:41:24
444 Posted 15/08/2013 at 20:44:13
449 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:31:35
The Kenwright Kilometre?
The Elstone Egg and Spoon Race?
The Mirallas Mile?
The Barkley Bop?
The Jelavic Jive?
454 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:34:13
As for Martinez, I`ll let you know at Christmas whether I`ll be forming a new MOB !
456 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:46:01
457 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:12:08
458 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:45:00
460 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:43:54
A " March for Martinez" - I wonder if anyone asked Martinez for his opinion and if he didn't cringe or say WTF, well then I think less of him already.
463 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:52:01
464 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:56:53
465 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:02:53
471 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:11:35
472 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:12:28
476 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:16:01
What a load of miserable shits you are.
478 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:05:12
Unfortunately similar minded heathens pouring out the club followed suit with the predictable blow outs and demise of said kiddies inflatable.
I never dared watch the little ones trotting up to play only to be devastated by the heinous sight the next morning - the shame would haunt me still.
As it is the image of my stick insect brother in law flying uncontrollably through the air via the catapulting effect my collossal bulk jumping upon the thing cheers me no end.
Why is evil so good?
484 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:26:38
486 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:11:53
488 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:00:22
All in favour of the atmosphere but don't need to manufacture it. First day of the season is always walking up from the Bootle direction for me.
And that view as I turn on to Goodison Road.
Like Derek#351, I won't be able to make the "march". I'm afraid I'll be draught-proofing the shed; window-shopping for lawn mowers; comparing and contrasting page 63 from the last 12 editions of the Argos catalogue.
Instead of a "Martinez March", I'd prefer a "Krap on the Kop".
490 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:37:49
492 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:43:13
"I know the last Blue Union march got to them" — What a load of bollocks. I know that actually they had a laugh about it and took it no more seriously than the other farcical rent-a-crowd marches they had.
The Blue Union are gone and achieved nothing at all. They have nothing more to say or do , divorced of any ideas just waiting for the next losing streak to rise from the ashes and blame the board and shout the usual shit of "Sell the club".
493 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:48:25
494 Posted 15/08/2013 at 22:43:15
When DM left the club he was very nearly in tears in front of Sky news, to me it seemed like he was experiencing a full bereavement.
After he signed Roberto, in the press conference he gave us all a show of emotion and this time hyperbole with it. He obviously likes RM, but, I'm sorry RM has to achieve something before this particular fan goes on a march and parade in his honour.
499 Posted 15/08/2013 at 21:47:02
File under: Pathetic but harmless.
501 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:00:46
The US army hands out medals for just flying over a combat zone and I suspect they hand them out for passing basic training, this may be the Yankee way of doing things. But RM will have to earn his medals from us I hope?
ps: If we're stateside there's nothing wrong with getting pissed in some huge car park 30 miles away from the nearest civilisation and marching around with a banner saying we love Roberto, but I'll pass on it myself.
502 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:11:51
I'll bet Roberto is not enjoying this, he probably just wants to get on with his job.
He'll be looking for the exit if this carries on!
503 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:15:27
505 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:15:59
507 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:19:56
508 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:26:17
I'm not so sure about a Martinez March through Stanley Park, though - it's a little it weird, can't quite put my finger on it.
510 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:47:15
511 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:57:39
If we were welcoming Pep or Jose to Goodson, I might be a tad more enthusiastic but it's the ex-Wigan manager FFS!!!
As a club we really are clueless. And someone shoot Changy the rubber elephant!!!!
512 Posted 15/08/2013 at 23:59:28
I won't be there. I'd rather be in the lower Street End concourse nursing a pint of that shite ale they serve up in the ground.
514 Posted 16/08/2013 at 00:15:05
516 Posted 16/08/2013 at 00:28:47
This is aimed at younger fans with their families, maybe going to a game for the first time. Something different... Oh no!
You don't have to personally go, just don't be so negative. The club and supporters should be aiming to have more huge banners and flags at all the games.
Go to a game in the Camp Nou or Mestalla – the fans and club generate an unreal atmosphere pre game.
517 Posted 16/08/2013 at 00:31:21
"Crabbie's, the Official Ginger Beer of Everton Football Club, will also be at the Fan Zone up until kick-off to give out samples of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer"
When football is a global game and the Premier League the world leader, can our club seriously not do better than that? The whole thing sounds tackier than super glue and just makes us look hick. And as for taking the kids along, is Changy, the beer brand mascot, really the right companion for your kids?
This thing seems like a metaphor for our club right now. If this is the best the marketing experts can come up with, no wonder our commercial side is so limp.
519 Posted 16/08/2013 at 00:43:26
524 Posted 16/08/2013 at 00:50:57
By the way, bought the new home shirt with the hideous badge for my son (he insisted), but the club store bag had the previous logo on. Given the determination to put this badge on the stadium, can the Marketing Dept at Goodison not manage to put it on the bags they use in the stores?
I also marvelled at the fact that the new away strip is not available until 22nd August. Which other club apart from us cannot get kits in stores before the season starts? Poor stuff really.
525 Posted 16/08/2013 at 00:46:06
Folks at your office must avoid you.
Phil's posts regarding Roberto are fairly stated. We have a manager who's managed his way down a league, then been hired by Kenwright.
Since this is Roberto's 3rd bite at the EPL Apple, Andrew, why do you think he's a good hire?
545 Posted 16/08/2013 at 06:03:26
We could have Tenants Extra instead of the Ginger Beer and finish the game with a good fight (between each other) before going home to bore the family with a long long long post-match analysis and a line by line breakdown of the last Everton accounts and snort of disgust about Lord Grantchester..
Then off to bed, muttering about Bill Kenwright and mistakenly saying "Good night Jennie" to the missus.
557 Posted 16/08/2013 at 08:08:55
559 Posted 16/08/2013 at 07:54:26
This march to me is embarrassing but at the same time should people want to attend then let them. Thankfully I’m away on holiday and will be at Norwich tomorrow then off on a plane on Sunday, my wife still hasn’t clicked on why we are flying on a Sunday and doing 13 nights instead of the normal 14! Everton always come first!!
561 Posted 16/08/2013 at 08:35:57
Agree Alan – sometimes we seem to forget that.
563 Posted 16/08/2013 at 08:47:01
Wasn't that a George Formby song?
Seem to remember a narky ticket collector dressing him down for being in First Class.
Next thing he's got the uke out and it's..
"Eeee mother, never touched me, turned out nice again" followed by "Cheer up and have a little fun for a change" - a song in which he appears to sing about a stick of rock but in fact is referring to his penis.
Or maybe I'm thinking of 'big hearted' Arthur Askey.
564 Posted 16/08/2013 at 08:52:09
565 Posted 16/08/2013 at 09:07:26
566 Posted 16/08/2013 at 08:58:15
Are City, Chelsea or Utd doing anything like this for their new managers? No, they're not because it'll be an embarrassing failure - just like our season is going to be.
Whoever came up with this 'idea' is a bell-end.
571 Posted 16/08/2013 at 09:11:23
One of the most miserable posters on here who has done a 180-degree turn and is actually telling posters off for being negative.....!!
What next? Cats and dogs ....living together??
574 Posted 16/08/2013 at 09:18:25
577 Posted 16/08/2013 at 09:29:57
You'll have to type up son, I'm a bit mutton.
By the way, have you seen those new hoola-hoops?
Eeee whatever will they think of next?
581 Posted 16/08/2013 at 09:41:08
595 Posted 16/08/2013 at 10:13:12
Couldn't agree more
599 Posted 16/08/2013 at 10:28:06
"but we are all fans and at some point we just need to get on with being a fan."
Why can't we do both? Why can't any Evertonian, rail against our incompetent board of directors, whilst also being a committed Bluenose. They're not mutually exclusive.
Why do we just need to get on with being a fan? It's never been something I've felt the need to concentrate on. It just happens.
As for Paul Landon, how did your "meeting" with Dave Kelly go? I believe you were going to put him straight on a few issues at the Shareholders meeting, or am I mistaken.
612 Posted 16/08/2013 at 10:56:37
614 Posted 16/08/2013 at 11:45:31
617 Posted 16/08/2013 at 11:48:51
I know this is crazy-talk but it's almost as if you have some sort of agenda.
By the way, like Colin (599) I would also like to hear how you gave Dave Kelly a piece of your mind at the shareholder's meeting, as you told us all you would.
(cue tumbleweed and howling wind sound effect)
634 Posted 16/08/2013 at 13:18:56
Will it be allowed into the ground or taken by the other boys in Blue?
638 Posted 16/08/2013 at 13:46:21
643 Posted 16/08/2013 at 14:04:20
646 Posted 16/08/2013 at 14:18:44
"I know that they actually had a laugh at the BU"
How do you know and who are "they" ?
670 Posted 16/08/2013 at 15:43:57
702 Posted 16/08/2013 at 16:58:21
But well done, guys; I am suitably chastened.
The huge majority of naysayers on this thread, together with the increasing number of Martinez doom-mongers on other threads, proves Negative ToffeeWeb is alive and well (at least among its more vocal contributors).
705 Posted 16/08/2013 at 17:05:19
713 Posted 16/08/2013 at 17:14:08
I've got kids and I'm all for things that involve them, but I don't see alcoholic ginger beer as something for 8 year olds. I'm not being negative really, just questioning the reasoning behind this 'event'.
FFS, we all want him to be successful, we all want family events at Goodison ( and cheaper match day admission for non season ticket holders and food for kids by the way ! ) but this is cringeworthy and ill timed. Talk about tempting fate.
727 Posted 16/08/2013 at 17:58:59
Lots of marching,singing and flag waving to Goodison to welcome the the new manager.
How small time we have become,and if we get beat by Norwich it will be a farce.
740 Posted 16/08/2013 at 18:25:15
747 Posted 16/08/2013 at 18:26:34
901 Posted 17/08/2013 at 00:48:03
However, the point is, the kids love it and if it means the next generation of Blues' parents have to do the football version of singing "The Wheels on the Bus" in public – then that's better than having to fork out your wages so your kids could stay at home and watch the red shite on sky while you go to the game.
Also, if it means a sugar-buzzed mob of keen toffees running round the club shop and getting their ginger beer-guzzling folks to pay for the new away kit and a Felli wig or Baines beetle sideburns, an In Bob We Trust flag, Jelavic Road street sign or a framed Hibbo free-kick print, and putting a few quid into the club, then that's sound.
Let's just make sure the name printing bods have all got a list of actual spellings for our players' names eh...... I am gonna want at least a fiver off if I get a Number 2 "HIPPO" shirt for example......We are gonna have to take one for the team here.
902 Posted 17/08/2013 at 01:12:45
916 Posted 17/08/2013 at 05:47:34
929 Posted 17/08/2013 at 07:25:52
The difference is, if you go on a pedalo or the tea-cup ride with your kids, I don't look a twat by association.
(nb: NOT criticising you for taking your kids on these rides by the way, I think it's laudable that you put their happiness first, but you see the difference)
I don't think the march is a big deal by itself, but do see it as another cut in what often appears (to me) to be a 'death by a thousand cuts' policy instigated by our thoroughly clueless board.
To those saying "What's the big deal? It's only...", hard to disagree when you take these things individually.
But I would suggest keeping a mental list of the amount of times (re Everton) you find yourself saying "It's only".
I've heard it re Tommy Testicles, pink shirts, Dixie the toffee-headed...thing, Changy the elephant-headed thing, AGMs being banned, the disgusting shite new badge change, shite kit designs, flag days and now, by the sound of it, a (kopite Benitez-style?) Roberto Martinez march.
Individually, with much of what goes on, you could say 'It's only' but when you see a few of them together, it's a little different.
935 Posted 17/08/2013 at 08:37:17
Yes it's Martinez's first game but so what? Not sure a 'march' to the ground will create much of a stir and the thought of hundreds of kids with Martinez masks and little plastic flags (with a shit badge on it) makes me feel slightly embarrassed. We're not LFC or Chelsea – we're Everton – Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
936 Posted 17/08/2013 at 08:35:19
Or more to the point, for every thing that is done well like Everton in the Community or the Former Players Foundation (both charities and not run by the Club itself maybe worth noting ) there are numerous toe curling cock ups like that badge, the Park End fan centre that never happened, Destination Kirkby, NTL, Fortress Sports Fund, 'don't ask me, I'm only the Chairman!', £24m other operating costs, the Dan Gosling incident, the Everton Free School sending police to harass that season ticket holder and banning him from the stadium for voicing an opinion, etc, etc, ad infinitum it seems.
943 Posted 17/08/2013 at 08:52:56
The 'theory' was arrived at by a couple of scientists (James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling) in the 80s who wrote..
"Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars"
The application of the theory, in Everton terms, would be (for instance) some grinning chinless suit-waring feller, at an internal meeting at the club says "What about if we had a mascot called 'BeeKay the blue' who..." and before he can finish his sentence, everyone screams 'TWAT!" before flinging him out of the window.
(ok, I may have put my own spin on the theory, but I bet it would an end to some of the daft embarrassing nonsense that has been inflicted on us recently)
977 Posted 17/08/2013 at 11:19:59
I just don't see any upside here and if RM is a humble man, he'll find this cringeworthy as well.
979 Posted 17/08/2013 at 11:26:41
344 Posted 18/08/2013 at 16:59:39
352 Posted 18/08/2013 at 17:07:26
Can talk but goes on a bit if camera's are in view., but these outbursts are usually followed by long silences.
Sheds tears at the sight of former playmates leaving to play elsewhere.
Says some outrageous things but because he's a Big Blue most Journalists and supporters tend to ignore them.
Has little time for ale filled opinionated working class people and is very sensitive to criticism.
Drifts off when any mention of monetary matters are made within his hearing.
Enjoys singing and dancing, reacts well to large audiences.
Has no sense of time and seems to have been around forever.
Slightly messy bird who regularly needs bigger birds from sunnier climes to help him to keep his nest in order.
Doesn't like his current habitat and is regularly pining to re-locate.
449 Posted 18/08/2013 at 21:32:58
It seems the sort of idea thought up by paid personnel in an attempt to justify their employment. You know the sort of thing, 'road traffic improvements' they change the system, and you think who the hell thought this was a good idea, change for the sake of being seen to be doing something!
485 Posted 20/08/2013 at 18:27:53
I just got and email from the club and there's going to be a...
(which reminds me, if Beyonce had married Roy Castle..)
490 Posted 20/08/2013 at 18:38:41
514 Posted 20/08/2013 at 19:38:00
I don't think the club expects grown men marching to the ground with fucking Martinez masks on do they!!
626 Posted 21/08/2013 at 01:55:03
Only thing wrong with it is calling it a march..
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