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A United Front

By Jarrod Prosser :  10/10/2007 :  Comments (53) :
In response to Tony Marsh's recent article, and all the corresponding articles and responses, about what an Everton fan actually is, I've been driven to place my views on what makes a supporter, supporter.

All I seem to read, particularly where Tony is concerned, is the scenario where Tony makes a statement of opinion, gets attacked by someone, who Tony attacks, and then it's on for young and old. And the real shame of it is that there are some fantastic points and poignant opinions that get lost amongst the missiles being hurled. Yes, you read that right — for all his negativity, Tony often makes a good argument for his particular point of view. As do Dutch, Connor, Ken and the bulk of contributors to the site.

Let me lay it out for you all right now — we are ALL supporters of the Everton Football club!

  • If you support Moyes blindly, you?re a fan of Everton Football Club.
  • If you want Moyes out, you?re a fan of Everton Football Club.
  • If you believe we play an awful brand of football, you?re a fan of Everton Football Club.
  • If you believe getting Cahill, Vaughan etc back will fix that, you?re a fan of Everton Football Club.
  • You want 4-2 wins with magnificent end-to-end moves? Or pragmatic 1-0 wins? Guess what? You support Everton!

You know, this might seem like a blinding flash of the obvious to most of you — and I sincerely hope it does. But take a read through old articles, mailbags and comments to find a comment about somebody not being a ?real? fan. It usually concerns one of two differing opinions — the style/makeup of the team, as encapsulated above, or what I?m about to discuss below.

Now, being from the other side of the world, this point drives me nuts ? when people (and there are quite a few) state on this site that if you don?t go to the games, not from Liverpool etc, you?re not a real fan. That is just crap!

Using myself as an example, why should the fact that I?m in Australia exclude me from supporting the team I?ve grown up loving? Yeah, I haven?t been to Goodison. I?ve never had the pleasure of Z-Carsringing in my ears. Does that not mean I jump up and down like a crazed chimp whenever we score an important goal? Does that not mean I bleed when we lose? Does it mean the jibes from Australian Redshites ? too many of the bastards to mention ? don?t sting?

It seems that whenever a slanging match occurs, a barb about somebody's location becomes fair play. There are plenty of passionate and knowledgeable Evertonians in Liverpool, Sheffield, London, New York, Melbourne, Tokyo etc. It disappoints me that this form of xenophobia can exist in a forum, where we are all pushing towards the same goal ? glory for Everton!

We all have our own set of eyes, our own brains, and our own football upbringing. These obviously impact how we see the things that occur on a football pitch. The beauty of a fan site like this, is it allows us all to converse with other Evertonians, of differing footballing knowledge, philosophies, expectations and hopes.

It allows us to see things from multiple points of view ? to expand our own knowledge and understanding of all things Everton. We all have opinions, and we are all right to some degree, but none of us are all knowing creatures. I?m all for lively debate ?in fact it?s perfectly healthy. But some of the slanging matches that go on are juvenile.

As stated earlier, this will be as plain as the nose on your face to the majority, and that pleases me to no end. However, I hope those of you that do partake in these slanging matches read this, think about why you and all the other contributors make the effort to write, and perhaps (hopefully), reign yourselves in a touch.

We all need to get a grip sometimes, and understand that it?s the different types of fans that make up the fabric of the club, both in Liverpool, throughout England, and all over the world.

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Michael Kenrick
1   Posted 10/10/2007 at 05:39:01

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Jarrod, that is an absolutely first-class article. You capture the very essence of what this website is here for. Hats off to you.

The slanging is pathetic and I am taking a stronger line, deleting posts from anyone who does the following:
  1. Questions Everton credentials
  2. Talks about people not being "real fans"
  3. Suggests supporting Liverpool/other teams
  4. Wants to see coaching quals or application for managemnt positions
  5. ... and a host of other obvious crimes against Evertonia.
Maybe it was just a bad morning on here... since then there have been a couple of excellent posts and a couple of hundred excellent comments posted in long threads that have generally remained very civil.

We created this website to reflect the quality we aspire to in our football club. If each person could just think about that for a moment before they hit the Submit button, we really would have a cracker... and I'd be out of a job!

2   Posted 10/10/2007 at 06:03:49

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HERE FUCKING HERE Jarrod (and Micheal).
Perhaps another zero tolerance rule should be added: Anon/stupid names posting?? Ta ra
Michael Kenrick
3   Posted 10/10/2007 at 06:26:28

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Hahaha... very amusing, Derek. I do need to talk to Lyndon about the Anon posts, which we have sparingly allowed. I prefer people to use their names, first and last. Just do a quick scan and you?ll see all the quality posts come from people who are prepared to put a name to their contributions. I appreciate that, and thank each one of you who does that.

I can understand some who have sensitive jobs or who are conerned about the associations of having their names posted here. A normal-looking pseudonym (first and last) is fine, and you can be the only one who knows. I just ask that you stick with what you choose and don?t post under multiple names. We do track User IPs and all such posts will be deleted.

Conversely, it?s the "steve"s and the other stupid nicknames who tend to post the rubbish. But keep doing it, as it makes your inane contributions that much easier for me to find and delete.
Paul Cook
4   Posted 10/10/2007 at 08:07:12

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Excellent article! I think if there wasn’t such a variety of opinions, this site would be a lot less interesting. The problem occurs when people seem unable to see anyone else’s opinion.
I’d love to see Marshy and Richard Dodd [is he real or just a piss-take to wind up the likes of Marsh?] sitting next to each other at a game.
John Holmes
5   Posted 10/10/2007 at 08:20:35

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Well made points Jarrod and I agree whole-heartedly. One thing you didn’t cover though is the different perspectives which are brought on by the context in which you support Everton. I’ve lived in Yorkshire all my life and only made my first trip to Goodison a few weeks ago. I found it something of a perspective-changer to realise just how much more irritating aimless long-balls are when you’ve paid to watch them and you’re in the ground. It just seemed that bit more futile than it does on the telly.

So whilst I agree with you that nothing beyond supporting Everton qualifies you as an Everton supporter I do think that context is important in understanding where people are coming from.
Paul OHanlon
6   Posted 10/10/2007 at 08:37:38

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Totally agree Jarrod, top article.

I’ve not been coming on here as much lately due to the mindless slagging that goes on when someone expresses an opinion different to others. To be fair it’s not just on TW either and it’s got to the point now where I actually have second thoughts about posting my opinions in case I become embroiled in them!

The main one that gets me is when someone dares to have a moan about the team (tactics, personel, style of play, ect)...isn’t that what these sites are for ffs?!! I’d much rather people vented their frustrations here and on the forums rather than at the ground whilst the blues are playing.

Hopefully as many people as possible will read your article, take note and get back to simply debating all issues blue, rather than starting web wars.
Tony Williams
7   Posted 10/10/2007 at 09:02:07

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Excellent post and agree whole heartedly, locality has nothing to do with lack of passion.

The only problem I have had of late is people saying they will no longer watch or support Everton due to the frequent poor performances.

As I have said in a previous thread, the second you turn you back on Everton you forfeit your right to be called an Evertonian, and what a right to lose
Lee Smith
8   Posted 10/10/2007 at 09:20:00

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Excellent article.

Also I agree 110% with John Holmes (didn’t I use to watch you in my Dads old Betamax movies?!) point about the context in which views are expressed. As a 28 year old life long supporter I myself had my first Goodison experience just a few weeks ago when I travelled a round trip of 500 miles from Gt Yarmouth to watch us in the UEFA Cup against against the Mentalists. And whilst usually as I watch the Blues on Sky or some other dodgy TV channel I am a very calm and relaxed viewer, often ignoring the fact that we are playing some quite awful football, these facts were magnified 100 times as I sat in the Park End, and boy it had me spitting feathers!!! So I whole heartedly understand how you brave season ticket holders must feel at time. But still, can’t wait to get back to Goodison asap!!!!!!!
Steve Lyth
9   Posted 10/10/2007 at 09:56:05

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Jarrod, crackin post that lad, top marks !
Michael, I hope you were not referring to all of the "Steve"s on this site, I could get quite paranoid about that comment.
Russ Quinlan
10   Posted 10/10/2007 at 10:40:54

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Great point !
I’ve supported the Blues for 41 years, seeing my first game in 1966 (I think)against West Brom (we won 6 - 4 ah those were the days!) and went regularly until we moved to Scotland in 1979. Since then I’ve watched 1 game live per season when we visit the relations, but living up here shouldn’t preclude me from being a liflong Bluenose. I hurt like hell when we lose ANY game (just ask the missus!) and when the debate was on about the ground I’m afraid I actually felt alienated beause I didn’t live ’in Liverpool’, how bad is that !
I love Goodison, that first game where I walked into the lower Bullens with my dad and the massive crowd roaring the Blues on will always stay with me, its in my blood, alwyas will be and I could NEVER EVER contemplate supporitng another team, it just won’t happen, no matter what those tosspots in charge do. Maybe thats our problem, they know that and know that whatever they do the ’true’ supporter will always be there, painful as it is !!
Jimmy Crack
11   Posted 10/10/2007 at 10:52:21

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Have to disagree on one point Jarrod...
I know plenty of kopites who believe we play an "awful brand of football"!
Brian Waring
12   Posted 10/10/2007 at 10:44:38

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Spot on Jarrod.Everyone will have a different opinion on what they see going on at the club.Be it Moyes,Kenwright,etc.It’s all about respecting that persons opinion without resorting to slagging that person to death.At the end of the day we all should be able to debate a point without all the name calling.
Varun rajwade
13   Posted 10/10/2007 at 10:59:08

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Jarrod, though are the GOD of common-sense!!!!!!
Aslam Rideout
14   Posted 10/10/2007 at 11:05:38

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Jarrod I now pronounce you Jarrod the Just... king of the blues.

You have united us all, I thank you on behalf of the kingdom of Everton.
Vanessa Garman
15   Posted 10/10/2007 at 10:21:00

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As a former resident of both wavertree and allerton i was ever present at most home games between the years of 87-92. I see myself as a supporter despite not being a scouser and only going back to the old lady about twice a season at best. It was not long ago when the whole stadium issue (move)was the end all and be all and there were a number of individuals going along the lines of - Oh, thats it. If this club moves to kirkby i will not follow them any more. I wont have it. Or something along the lines of - I was there in ’28 when Bill Dean scored his 60th and now we have to move im calling it a day. Some supporters.
"Fans" of this nature are not needed at this club. I am proud to support this club for almost eighteen years now. of course its been frustrating in the past twelve or even twenty years but having adolescent tantrums and moments of spotaneous silliness does help the club by any means. Lets lead by example.
Paul OHanlon
16   Posted 10/10/2007 at 11:26:12

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Vanessa, whether you meant it or not your comment is exactly the type Jarrod’s article is referring to, when you state...

""Fans" of this nature are not needed at this club."

If people feel so angry about the ground move and want to show their protest by no longer attending the home games then so be it.

But please don’t question their credentials as a fan.
Matt Geraghty
17   Posted 10/10/2007 at 11:15:49

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Here, here. What a great article.
Alan McMillan
18   Posted 10/10/2007 at 12:40:07

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Well said. All football fans - no matter who they support - get fruastrated when their team doesn’t do as well as they’d like. The fact that i’m not from Liverpool or live there does not make the patronising or slagging from fans of any other teams any easier to take.

I too used to be a regular reader but have been put off lately due to the eternal whinging and negativity in the articiles and comments.

I haven’t been to Goodison in about 4 years - but I got flights and accomodation for under ?100 (around stg£65) so I’m travelling over for the Larissa match with a mate. Can’t wait! Anyone know when the tickets go on sale?
Shaun Brennan
19   Posted 10/10/2007 at 12:59:16

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Nice one Jarrod,

I’m originally from liverpool now in London and travel to Home games and away.

I’ve had it myself with being a southern blue. Small town mentallity springs to mind when people question why you and others don’t support annother team.

Ibet your story is more interseting about you being a blue than others who livein the imediate vacinty of goodison.

Comes to mind. Why don’t we have a collection of storys entitled "why i’m a blue". mightmake an interesting read or better still a book!

What you all reckon? I bet there are some good storys out there waiting to be told.
dave t
20   Posted 10/10/2007 at 12:29:50

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vanessa’s comment is fair though

i love the everton "pie" so i love the team, the stadium, the kit, the fans, everything
fair enough if your gutted about the stadium move but saying "i won’t follow them anymore" is a joke
you support everton, not goodison
get a grip
Dave lynch
21   Posted 10/10/2007 at 13:14:35

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More sensible than

Sensible Steve.
From sensible road
East sensibleshire.
(Which is more than i can say for this post)
Gerard Madden
22   Posted 10/10/2007 at 13:16:06

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Good article and I agree with all of it though it avoided the stadium issue completely (deliberately?), Personally I feel we’re all equal Evertonians regardless of whether we support the move or not - there are exceptions though with some blues feeling they’re some kind of super duper uber blues - we all know who they are and some of them get regular headlining article rights on here.
David Siggers
23   Posted 10/10/2007 at 14:24:06

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Michael Kenrick;I hope you stop T.Marsh calling D Moyes a "usesless jock".
Phil Jones
24   Posted 10/10/2007 at 14:22:14

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Hey Jarrod, Thanx for the article. You’re totally right. I fell in love with Everton back in the ’03-’04 season, when Rooney cracked the winner against the Arse. I lived in SOuth Africa then. I live in Wilington, Delaware now. I was born in Brazil, and lived there until I was 18, and still consider myself 100% Everton Royal Blue. Thanks for reminding everyone that, in the end, it’s about the club, about our history (if you know it), and about our future. Discussion should always create more light than heat, not the opposite, so a call to reason is much appreciated. Up the Blues!
Kenny Malling
25   Posted 10/10/2007 at 14:40:16

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phil, that rooney goal was in season 2002-03. october of that season to be exact. I should know. I was there!
26   Posted 10/10/2007 at 15:42:51

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Good article Jarrod.
27   Posted 10/10/2007 at 15:49:40

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I live 1000 km down south from Liverpool, never been to Goodison Park (and probably never will) and I can barely speak/write in english, but I support Everton since I was a kid (over thirties right now). Anyway, I reckon i cannot make judgements about Everton playing style because we don’t get matches that often on telly; same goes for Kirkby affair. It is good, though, to read that you haven’t got to be a Liverpool-born to be a true blue... Thanks a lot.
28   Posted 10/10/2007 at 16:16:42

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Michael ? can I suggest you keep this article on for a while so as many fans as possible can read it?

Really good article Jarrod ? you want to try being from Kirkby, you really did feel like an outcast at one point!

Like some fans have already said I too don?t come on here as often due to the ?slagging each other off? mentality of the vocal minority and I?m certainly more hesitant of getting involved in the debates. Quite interesting that the usual suspects have yet to comment??

Nice one to Toffeweb for trying to deal with the issue as well
Sneaker Deverill
29   Posted 10/10/2007 at 18:19:14

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Jarrod’s article combined with Michael Kenrick’s stronger line in monitoring and assesing e-mail responses is like a breath of fresh air ... I had all but given up on this site since the acrimonious attitudes that were adopted during the ground switch debate.

Well done to both and long may it continue.
30   Posted 10/10/2007 at 19:13:16

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Ah, Jarrod... what do you know, mate? You’re in Australia, for God’s sake!

Just kidding, lad! You’d think an article like this wouldn’t even be necessary, since we’re all part of the same team. But given some of the nonsense I’ve read on here from fans over the past couple of months, some people could use a reminder of that - and your article does it very well.

Part of supporting a common cause is the "club" feeling you get from doing it and the cameraderie among other fans.

So it’s sad to see differences of opinion over Moyes, the style of play, the personnel, the stadium move, etc. spilling over into insults and the INTENSELY ANNOYING habit that some people have of questioning your level of support and status as a fan, depending on where you live and labelling themselves as better than you because of it.

I’ve been an Everton fan since I was 7. I’m now 30. My parents were both born and raised in Liverpool and tried to raise me as a Liverpool fan like them. They succeeded with my younger bro, but failed with me!

I’ve been to numerous Everton games over the years and I’ll never forget the feeling of walking up the steps to the balcony and seeing the field for first time when I went to my first game (Man City back in 1984 or 1985 - a drab 0-0 draw, but I got to see my idol, Big Nev, play in goal).

I live in America now and have done since September 2000, so I can’t get to games as often. But does that make me any less a fan? No way. Many games are still shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta here - both live and on delay - so I head down to the pub as I would in England and watch the boys whenever they’re on. I’ve even got my girlfriend into the Blues and love teaching her about the game, competitions and the players.

Thanks for saying what should seem pretty obvious to all Evertonians, but is a great way to spell it out.
Michael Kenrick
31   Posted 10/10/2007 at 20:54:03

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Some great responses there and good to see a lot of you want to see on this website just what we, the editors, also want to see.

But now for the wrist-slapping: Gerard Madden. You made enough trouble during the stadium debate as I recall and it’s like you’re looking for any opportunity to continue. But what really gets me is you promulgating this "super duper uber blues" shite. It’s not true, so just drop it.

The people who get articles posted on this website are the ones who take the time and trouble to write those articles and who feel they have something worthwhile to say. We make the final judgement but VERY FEW articles that are submitted are not posted. And that judgement has nothing to do with STATUS or STANDING of the author and everything to do with STYLE and STANDARD of the article. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, this one by Jarrod and the latest form John Holmes are classic examples.

If you can’t at least show some respect to those who take the time and effort to write these articles... well, to be honest, I’d prefer not to hear from you if that is all you can come up with.

Regarding Tony’s name-calling, yes there is some validity to those complaints although at one level I think it actually adds some colour to Tony’s pieces. I can’t quite see that calling someone a Moyes Minnion/Zealot/Appologist and claiming someone is not a true Everton fan are the same level, personally. The former is perhaps a gratuitous generalization that has some accepted meaning whereas the second is simply dispicable and abhorent. However, calling Moyes a "useless jock" is a over the top and I should have done something about that at the time.

I’ll take a stronger line editing Tony’s work if those who really don’t like what he is saying will either refrain from reading (after all, so you claim, he’s just saying the same thing again and again, right? So why bother reading?) or refrain from posting their usual unhelpful and derogatory comments, which are also somewhat repetitive. Tony speaks a for number of Evertonians, of that I am sure, and he will continue to be published on this website along with any others who wish to contribute articles that are relevant to Everton. Thanks for reading!
Dave wilson
32   Posted 10/10/2007 at 21:10:55

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Theres a fella out in Ulan Bator, He likes nothing more than a 5 all game of hoofball, he hates the Ginge, he thinks the return of our injured players will if anything make us worse, financially he hasnt contributed so much as a brass razoo to the club, the poor guy is surrounded by RS - yes, even living in Outer Mongolia he cant escape them - but guess what ? go on guess what ?
Your right, hes an Evertonian

Sorry, this article obviously gave some of you a nice warm glow, but whilst I agree with some of the points made, I cant help feeling lectured

I travelled back from Newcastle with a guy who had just taken the scenic route from Ukraine, or more accurately I gave him a lift as he was just about penniless. He was incandescent over our inability to do the basics, he called everyone connected to the club every name under the sun. By the time I dropped him off he was transformed, he was upbeat and telling me The defeat was only a minor set back and the shite will be the first to feel the back lash
I’m so pleased that I resisted the urge to tell him to "Reign himself in" coz guess what ?
he was a proper, proper Evertonian

Some people claim to be Great blues, others just are
Jarrod Prosser
33   Posted 10/10/2007 at 23:22:06

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Dave Wilson

The fella that you dropped home is quite entitled to his opinions at the match — hell, I spend most Saturday nights yelling at my TV. That?s what happens in the heat of the moment.

My point is that when we get on the PC and start writing here, some of the emotion spills over into places it shoudn?t.

Your mate was pissed off after that game, and so he should have — seriously rode our luck. But i?d hope he didn?t jump on a fansite and start slagging off fellow fans.

Sorry if you felt lectured — wasn?t my intention. Just want to get back to debating rather than insulting.
Steve Williams
34   Posted 10/10/2007 at 23:31:14

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You’ve got me worried now. I’ve posted loads of times all with a heartfelt opinion, but also hopefully with respect for others.

But ..

should I get my name changed by deed pole? ’Steve’ no longer appears acceptable!

For all the Steves out there, I really must protest!
Andy H
35   Posted 10/10/2007 at 23:48:35

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Top class article

You can sum it up in the old adage

You do not become a Blue, you’re born a Blue
Nathan Round
36   Posted 11/10/2007 at 00:18:55

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for, me getting up in the wee small hours of the morning, in country SA australia, to watch our grand old team isnt a pain in the bum, alright sometimes it is, when we play like rubbish, but it’s a privelige..this is an excellent article and is long over due...the negativity regarding our club mystifys me at times..some warranted some not..
Dave wilson
37   Posted 11/10/2007 at 06:58:50

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there is no need to appologise mate, I worded my post clumsily anyway, The point I am making is Evertonians are different, Everton are different, we are not a team who have dominated for long periods, but just about every decade we come from relativly nowhere to glory, this leaves generations of blues with totaly a different perspective of our club.
The sensitive soles who dont like outpourings of heartfelt passion need to understand that sometimes the pc is the only form of comunication with fellow blues

I agree with you about nasty insults - no need - but surely having such "healthy debate" should NEVER be censored
Most of us are a couple of slices short, but unlike other fans, we will never be sheep
Marcus Choo
38   Posted 11/10/2007 at 08:14:54

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I’ve been following TW for a couple of years now and there have only be two times that I’ve felt strongly compelled to contribute a response. The first time, I chickened out. But today’s article by Jarrod Prosser and responses from others have really made me feel great to be an Everton fan! And please forgive me, but I just want to share it!

Like Jarrod, I’m an overseas supporter ? from Malaysia, and now in Thailand. Never been to Goodison to watch a live game, never been able to meet or even catch a glimpse of a player in person, never heard Z-Cars live. I can only follow Everton through satellite TV (ESPN or Star on Astro) and the internet. But just like Jarrod (and the rest of you!) watching Everton play on television brings me to emotional extremes. When Everton win, the rest of the day is just great and the week is full of hope and optimism. When Everton lose, ... well, you know.

Like some of you, I can’t explain how I ended up being with Everton. I do remember it was in the mid-eighties when I first decided they would be my team of choice. Names that spring to mind like Lineker, Southall, Ratcliffe, Sheedy, van den Hauwe. I only had a taste of how good we were back then. And then, the nineties and new millenium came and being an Everton supporter was painful.... Still, I stood by them even though everybody had a good laugh at my expense during those times.

Some of my notable memories of being an overseas Everton supporter...

Having my friend buy back two jerseys (home and away kit) from England when he was a student there. I still have them back home ? the away kit at that time was the yellow & blue striped kind; our sponsor was Danka. They were 2 or 3 sizes too big. I would put them on for my Sunday kickabouts and really I shouldn’t have! Because everytime I put them on, I felt nervous because in the back of my mind, I would be telling myself I would have to play inhumanely superb so as not to bring shame to the jersey and the team it stood for!! I would feel bad if I didn’t score after the game and vow not to put it on again for a game. But then I would still wear it in the following weeks... !

When Everton beat Man Utd in the 1995 FA Cup Final. Immediately after the game, I rang up my friend who was a Man Utd fan. I didn’t even say hello or anything, just starting laughing over the phone and he knew straight up who it was and why I’d called :)

One of the sillier things was when in school, I resigned from a position in the prefect’s board and that very morning (it was a Saturday I remember) after I had handed in my resignation, I came back to read in the news that Howard Kendall had also resigned ? as manager from Everton. It’s a stupid connection I confess, but back then, it just cemented some sort of bond in my soul about how connected I was to Everton.

Thanks to Jarrod and all the supportive-sounding fellow fans out there. Yes, there are other people outside Merseyside who have decided to get behind the team in blue. For whatever reasons, God only knows. But today, I’m really glad and proud to stand up and be counted as an Evertonian.
Dupont Koo
39   Posted 11/10/2007 at 09:22:01

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Thank you Jarrod. Your article picked me up once again to fight againtst the jibes from the Redshites in Hong Kong!

40   Posted 11/10/2007 at 12:03:59

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Well F*** Me common sense has prevailed.

A brilliant article and totally states what the majority have felt for a long time.
We all support EFC and people who just want to whine and whine do us a favour and pull your heads in go to the the doctor get some prozac and ring the samaritans!

The moaners and groaners are taking over and it’s down to US to stop it, if want a bitch fest set up your own site and all moan together.

We all love our club good or bad but hey let’s be positive and be grateful for what we’ve got - jeez UEFA group stages we’d have killed for that a couple of years ago oh and by the way we’re still 5th even after a so called bad start.

COYB Love it.
41   Posted 11/10/2007 at 12:44:56

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Guys at Toffeeweb,

Can you please post this article on the homepage as a main article to show the depressive element what the majority think.

john anderson
42   Posted 11/10/2007 at 12:32:47

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Jarrod, Great article, best i;ve read in a long time.
If i had the money i’d have you booked on the next flight over so you could watch the derby ,you could even have my ticket.
i’ve been golng that long, that i take it for granted,after reading your letter, i’ll defo appreciate it more.
Phil Jones
43   Posted 11/10/2007 at 14:22:54

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Hey Kenny, thanx for the correction. I guess I don’t know my history... but I love the blues anyhow!!!
Eric McMahon
44   Posted 11/10/2007 at 15:11:17

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How can supporters of this club call for the head of moyes when the shite across the park are calling for the fat spanish baboon to vacate anfield after reaching two european cup finals in three seasons as well as league and fa cup final appearances. beggars belief. And before that houllier did almost as well, with european and domestic honors and he was still shown the door. Dont get me wrong, I dislike the red pinkies as much as the next blue and just goes to show what class of supporters they have. We dont need to descend to their level.
Hugh McKillop
45   Posted 11/10/2007 at 15:44:39

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Excellent article.

I view toffeeweb as the central resource for Everton news, I "run" a site for us Northern Ireland supporters, but we are sunday pub team in comparison to this site (so much so that I often think of jacking it in). But what makes is all fans is our support for the blues and our desire to see us winning every trophy under the sun - though I guess some people would still find time to complain (just look at some critics of mourinho’s style of football).

In terms of locality, we have over 300 members of Northern Ireland Supporters club (, who all feverently support the blues, on average 30-40 travel to each home game through the club. Does this make us a lesser supporter because we dont all go to every game and dont have a liverpool accent? - no i dont think so.
Years ago, travelling to a game involved an overnight trip on a generally rough ride across the irish sea, arriving in liverpool pre-7am and returning on another overnight ferry ride. Total cost approx £100, three trips a year and its roughly the price of a season ticket. Now its easier with low cost airlines (though with costs of flights, car parking and taxis, no real financial savings over ferry), but all the same Is this not dedication, is this not what makes us real fans? I only wish I lived near a stadium where Everton played 1 mile, 5 miles or 20 miles down the road so I could go every game, but as i dont, finances and family life limit the opportunities to a few times a season.

So So Jarrod, here here and long may toffeeweb be the voice of Evertonians around the world.

Good Job guys!
Brian Waring
46   Posted 11/10/2007 at 16:07:25

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It people like you who would start all the slagging of between fans.With remarks telling fans they need to pull their heads in because they whine and whine.And set up your own site and moan togethor,and calling them the depressive element.These people are entitled to an opinion just like you.
Brian Waring
47   Posted 11/10/2007 at 16:35:53

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I meant to put Ozblue at the start of the above post.
jarrod Prosser
48   Posted 11/10/2007 at 23:19:45

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John Anderson

Cheer’s, mate.

Here’s hoping you win the lotto!

I believe there’s a derby coming up.....
49   Posted 12/10/2007 at 11:15:47

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You’re quite right everyone has an opinion but let’s not stoop to the levels of other clubs when it comes to being negative, we’ve alot to be optimistic about and 10 years ago we’d ve been delighted to be in our current situation.

Chris Masey
50   Posted 12/10/2007 at 13:07:21

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Jarrod, if you’re ever in the UK mate, I’ll get you a spot in the Gwaldys Street next to me (providing we haven’t moved to Kirby), and I’ll welcome you with open arms. Goodison has an atmosphere unmatched by anything Australia can offer! So do your best to get to Goodison before we move.

An enjoyable read, and I particularly admire your commitment and passion for the club from such a long distance. I have just got back from a holiday in Oz, and although I enjoyed the Aussie Rules and NRL, I found the time difference frustrating for checking on results and even viewing the game. Its unfortunate I didn’t come across you, because all I saw was redshite. But its ok, I wore my Everton shirt everywhere, even when I happily cuddled a Koala to the amusement of many onlookers, claiming he was a blueboy....!!!!

Michael, get this guy to write more on the site, because it is quite satisfying to read the overall positive response it has generated, and we need to value all the support we have from outside Liverpool, more than we currently do.
kieran fitzgerald
51   Posted 12/10/2007 at 16:36:14

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I bought a house three years ago and treated myself to the sky sports package when I moved in. For most of the three years I was single and my weekends, when not in work were very much my own. This meant I could watch as much football on Sky as I wanted. The Gilette Soccer Saturday programme, Football First, Goals on Sunday, Everton games live. You name it, I would watch it, even following a gut wrenching loss. I always needed to know how individual players had performed, how well tactics and formations had worked, what the Everton support had been like. I’m a fan living in Ireland and if I’m not getting to Goodison, or mingling with Evertonians in Liverpool boozers, then this is the next best thing. That was my way of thinking.

Then ,at the end of April I got myself a girlfriend. Like any other person my partner has become a high priority in my life and I have to admit that football has taken somewhat more of a back seat. To add to this the weekend is the only time that we really have to do stuff as a couple. She works Monday to Friday and her son’s dad takes him at the weekend. As a result my sky sports package is pretty much lying idle and I have gotten to watch very little by the way of Everton highlights this season. At this stage I’m left with the papers and sites like this one.

In my own mind this does not make me any less of a fan. I’m not as knowledgable as I was was season, given that I’m not watching games, that’s fair enough. But I still care about the club, I still want to see it do well and I do still want to be as informed as I possibly can. To some fans I will now be a rubbish supporter, my opinion will be even less valid than it was last season, given that I’m living over here. But in my own mind what makes a supporter, what makes a fan is caring enough to do what you can, when you can, in an honest and civil manner.
Steve Taylor
52   Posted 12/10/2007 at 22:54:46

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A postive article & umpteen replies without any negativity - blimey, I must be on the wrong site?

There’s been too much bickering between Blues of late - mostly surrounding the ground move - an issue which has proved divisive IMO.
There’s also a "anti Moyes Lobby" that over react every time we have a bad result & start posting incredibly negative articles - then disappear when we win a couple of games......

This site needs more positive threads like this - most Blues perception of this site is that it’s attitude is predominantly "glass half empty"................
Desmond Prosper
53   Posted 13/10/2007 at 10:27:09

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Brilliant post! More of the same, please!!

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