First the MOTD sentimentality, which ticked all the boxes, and then a genuine message of sympathy for the 1500 or so Evertonians who bought Nuremberg tickets thinking they had entered into a contract and who now face being locked out, penned in, rained on or a combination of all three. Bill is clearly upset that as many Blues as possible will not be in that Stadium (remember how he was at the Leyton Orient game, ushering fans in where he could?) and his message hits the right note, expressing annoyance with the organisers but hope that fans will uphold the good name of Everton Football Club as ambassadors for the game and the city.
Less triumphant, I would suggest, should be those who have presided over this recent farce. Whether it be the influence of the local police Obergruppenführer, reacting extremely late to a situation known about four days earlier, our own plod tipping them off after an extensive trawl of Evertonian websites ? loose lips sink ships and all that ? or, most likely, Uefa, pro-active as ever, stamping their authority on a situation whose consequences they will wash their hands of, they collectively (pun alert) deserve to be known as the Nuremberg wallies. Is this really the best they can do? A less than final solution to the problem, I fear.
Few come out of this fiasco with any credit and whilst we could initially applaud the Nuremberg ticket office for a welcoming and common-sense approach to Evertonians openly requesting seats in home areas, it does beg the question as to why a few thousand extra tickets were not given to Everton FC as part of their official allocation. The 5% requirement is a minimum, not a limit, and, we are told, Everton, in their intense negotiations over a period of a few days, did ask for the maximum possible.
Conspiracy theorists might say that this reneging on the promises of tickets to ordinary fans sets up a nice little earner for the ?agencies? which abound in Germany and in this country but, in seriousness, it also sets up a crowd-control situation you?d have thought the police wanted to avoid. Were it not so damned annoying and potentially dangerous, one could feel a certain Schadenfreude that others get things so badly wrong, that in comparison our own ticket office is decidedly ept.
Remember Celtic, failing to satisfy our fans? demand for tickets for a friendly, giving us a fraction of what we?d give their fans and reserving all other seats, free of charge, for their season ticket holders, many of whom failed to turn up?
Or Villarreal, who started selling tickets just a week before the tie, providing no information on their website and, presumably, totally underestimating the demand from English fans, giving us a paltry allocation when they knew they couldn?t fill the ground with their own? Similar activity with our own Club and we?d have absolutely slated them.
Evertonians will, I am sure, enjoy themselves in Nuremberg, will mix well with the locals and still get into the stadium in numbers. They will though be resentful of a situation which has led them, in many cases, to pay well over the odds for tickets they should have had at face value. It is to be hoped that they, along with the thousands unable to get a ticket, will, as Bill says, uphold our good name. I?m sure they will, no thanks to Uefa and all they have done to stir things up. Meanwhile, 20,000 Rangers fans will be in Barcelona spreading their sectarian charm and nobody bats an eyelid, least of all William Gaillard. Gaillard, in French ,translates as ?fine fellow?, which he ain?t .
When it comes to Evertonian credentials Bill Kenwright is, though, and our fervent hope has to be that, in spite of Uefa et al, he and all fans are celebrating on Friday not only a Nuremberg peace and love fest but also, on and off the field, the Triumph of the Blues.
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1 Posted 07/11/2007 at 15:16:57
I have absolutelt no worry about EFC fans misbehaving as we are just not like that - but what are the Nurnberg fans like. Surely it makes sense not to sit amongst the Germans and put ourselves and our reputation at risk.
Sorry chaps but I think the authorities havedone the right thing.
Biggest shame is that we were given a woefuly few number fo tickets in the first place. Having said that Nurnberg?s attendances are higher than EFCs this season!
2 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:06:06
3 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:13:13
To those of you now winding up for the trip - good luck and have a great time. If you see Bill or Keith send them my very best regards.
4 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:40:25
Crocodile tears from Mr Kenwright I am afraid.
5 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:47:18
What David Moyes has achieved thus far appears to be in spite of the Kenwright Board and it?s singular failure to provide any meaningful inward investment over the past seven years.
The "Blue Bill" sycophants pipe up that "he?s supported the manager by giving him money to spend!" but the £20m-odd net that Moyes has spent over his tenure has come from a) prize money from the manager?s own on-field success, b) the Sky TV deal bounty, and c) rising debt. And don?t even get me started on our Chairman?s near complete silence during the Kirkby Schism...
So, if we pull off a superb win over Nürnberg, I?ll be absolutely over the moon but Mr Kenrwight?s name is not the first I?d think of when it?s time to dole out the praise.
6 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:53:22
7 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:42:36
8 Posted 07/11/2007 at 17:03:03
You call yourselves Evertonians - you make me sick!
I extremely envious of those that are going over to Germany and hope you al have an absolutely fabulous time.
9 Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:58:51
Lyndon - in pursuit of the tenuous connection made in the title, Bill K came in for a bit more praise than maybe he’s due.I do think he put the message across well and showed genuine sympathy but, though he can share in any triumph tomorrow, the credit will be down to the manager and the players - and vice versa.
I too am exasperated by Bill’s long silences (he is on safer ground when he talks of fans and the boys’ pen) and, unlike him, oppose the move to kirkby but still believe that he’s essentially a good guy and that, whatever happens to him in his capacity as chairman, he should always feel at home among the fans, not hated as say Peter Swales ultimately was.
10 Posted 07/11/2007 at 17:13:04
11 Posted 07/11/2007 at 17:17:31
12 Posted 07/11/2007 at 18:14:22
I may not always agree with Tony Marsh and his sensastionalistic way of expressing things, but I can’t help feeling he is right.
Why would Nuremberg not give Everton more tickets and then sell them to us themselves, opening up potential security questions? ’ A bug’ in their On-line operation is the official line, but as many people bought over the phone and spoke English and gave English names and addresses, this is a load of rubbish.
In view of all our other Ticketing bungles and the Ticket Ofiice not being able to sort itself out, it seems far more likely that Everton declined the extra 2000 tickets because they didn’t want the hassle.
Now, everybody is blaming the Europeans, Blue Bill feels it’s safe to stick his head over the wall and cry ’foul!’
IF THEY HADN’T GOT FORM AT EVERTON FC YOU MIGHT JUST BELIEVE HIM...
13 Posted 07/11/2007 at 18:56:58
14 Posted 07/11/2007 at 19:19:23
15 Posted 07/11/2007 at 20:46:08
Right then lets see some evidence of this?.
None about to prove your story?. Then you’re every bit as bad as Kenwright then arent you Marsh?. After all haven’t you got more form putting the boot into the clubs leadership than they have spinning stories?.
The club passed up the opportunity to generate more revenue from ticket sales than originally expected and they turned it down because the ticketing system couldnt handle an extra few thousand (he guesses) tickets?. Bull faeces.
16 Posted 07/11/2007 at 21:00:42
17 Posted 07/11/2007 at 23:33:41
18 Posted 08/11/2007 at 00:06:31
Can you imagine some of our more experienced European rivals presiding over-or standing for-the shit we’ve suffered this week.I’m very near to being an ex-Evertonian!
19 Posted 08/11/2007 at 08:58:43
Pierre, have you been to any away games with our lot? Fulham where the racists are cringeworthy and a bottle was recently thrown at an opposing player? Spurs, were the hissing of the concentration camps is "hilariously" reproduced? I?d love to say our fans are great but theres a good many, not the majority but loads, who are dicks!
We have a good record in Europe but I wouldnt be surprised if some of our neanderthals take advantege of the situation tonight and embarass us!
20 Posted 08/11/2007 at 15:21:50
It has been no coincidence that since taking over from philip carter the club has been more productive and efficient. At least thats how i feel about it.
Does he not have a basketball team as well, the everton tigers or something?
Could always use moyes as a scratching post if results go downhill. GRRRR...
21 Posted 08/11/2007 at 15:58:15
22 Posted 08/11/2007 at 14:53:08
And just for the record I voted NO to the ground move, but it doesn?t mean I have to hate Kenwright!!
23 Posted 08/11/2007 at 17:01:32
24 Posted 08/11/2007 at 18:08:49
25 Posted 08/11/2007 at 18:12:43
26 Posted 09/11/2007 at 23:34:39
27 Posted 10/11/2007 at 21:46:53
Sorry Joe - admittedly Kenwright is only a successful West End Impresario, and no more.
But I suppose you are running Tesco Joe, and I have missed it in the news?@
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