Dear Blues everywhere,
It's time to jog on to a new adventure down the road. Kirkby, Speke, Switch Island, the docks. I couldn't give a diddly's. I was born in Priory Rd in 1970, moved to Kirkby from '78 to '81, going to Park Brow School. Then back to Richard Kelly Divinity School. Now I live and work in Jersey with ten thousand Evertonian brothers, since 1992. Most of me Blue life was spent walking down Cherry Lane and that smart walk through the cemetery with all me Blues for company and me Dad. Amazing times. Never to be forgotten. It's the same for all of us. Goodison Park is unique.
Fact is, I didn't exactly like Kirkby much, and I was made up to go back to being by Goodison again. Now I only get home a couple a times a year. I still watch every game in me local pub The Boot & The Ball, on a Saturday. Run by a Portuguese manager who loves our crew of 20 to 30 mad Bluenoses. We go on the main telly; Mancs on in the corner; Sheff Utd in the other; and Liverpool on a portable at the end of the bar. Big club, eh? Not in Jersey: only Everton banners in here...
Now I don't want Everton to go anywhere. I love it where it is. I'm as sentimental about the place as everyone is but I'm all for change if it's for the best. Last time I looked, Liverpool's a brilliant city on a revival after years of getting everything last 'cos Westminster hates the north. But its still a bleedin' dive in loads of places: Anfield, Walton to name just two. You know where you are. All the dosh goes to the centre first and it will be years to reach surrounding areas.
Wherever Everton FC goes, you just watch it all blossom around it. Spin off businesses. Bars, resturants, the works. Like flies round shite. New memories formed for all, especially if the team continues to develop as it has done. I think it's smart. We need the Toffees kicking some of the big boys' arses, which we don't do enough. I won't be happy going back to Kirkby at first but I'll get used to it in the end ? especially if we're in the stadium designed for Kings Dock. 50,000+ Evertonians, plush seats, top bars and scran, giant screens, etc.
First game in that stadium and the first sound of Z-Cars in it will blow our heads off big style. It's either get busy living or get busy dying. As they say "its not where you live but how you live." And I want to do it in style and class and get a cracking team together to play in it. Helicopter flights over the new Goodison. How about that on a matchday, the old one will be a flaming Kwicksave and you'll tell yer kids big Nev used to go there.
Let's just get the bleeding thing built. I'd watch Everton in a giant cow shed if I was with me mates and we were top of the Premier League. I've moved loads of times to loads of places in the world too but you don't lose your Everton soul. It's a new journey lads. Remember, NOTHING SATISFIES BUT THE BEST... and we are! We're a special club. We are the People's Club.
Who'd wanna be a Manc, or a Kopite, or a Gooner or Chelsea fan? I pity them all because they sit next to strangers every week, they're not even neighbours, they live miles from each other and have sod all in common bar the crap team they support just because they may be winning at the time. There's no-one like us becuase we've seen them all but wouldn't wanna be them. EVERTON TILL WE DIE. FOREVER EVERTON. 'CAUSE IF YA KNOW YER HISTORY. God bless every Blue brother. Second family. Thanks for listening. Nice one.
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1 Posted 19/07/2007 at 02:34:02
2 Posted 19/07/2007 at 08:36:31
Great words said for a great club with the best fans in the world.
3 Posted 19/07/2007 at 10:13:25
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6 Posted 19/07/2007 at 16:26:09
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