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Alan Green and Radio 5

By Marc  Davis :  24/01/2008 :  Comments (50) :
I know this has been said time and time again, but Alan Green and Radio 5 Live was again a disgrace last night. Living in London and not having Sky I was unable to watch the game and so had to listen on Radio 5. Green along with the other presenter (they do 20 mins each of the half ? how hard can it be to do the whole 90mins??), a John Murray, were so biased it was unreal. I even started to think to myself am I being parnoid about this, as it was so full on.

In the first half Murray stated something along of how unlucky Chelsea are missing the likes of "Terry, England captain, Lampard, England Int'l, Ballack, German Int'l and Drogba, Ivory Coast Int'l and best striker in the world" and how they were missing a semi final. No mention of the fact we were missing Yobo, Piennar and the Yak to the ANC, not through injury, through no fault of our own and of course our first choice and future England left back Baines. As Cottee later mentioned on Sky Sports (he is not much help either in the Blues cause, he seemed to sit there saying how good Chelsea were) the three at the ANC are the spine of our team. Why dismiss this fact?

To top it off when Green did his 20 min stint either half all he would say when we touched the ball was along the lines of 'terrible pass', 'what is he thinking', 'that's an awful tackle', yet when Chelsea done anything, it was 'beautiful ball' or 'lovely play'. In fact the only thing that he said against them was when Makele was rolling around like he had been shot and Valente had not touched him.

Finally the thing that got me was when Green said, "So now Everton only have the league to play for". No mention of the Ufea Cup and being in the last 32 ? could you imagine it if it was Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Man Utd ? he would know and make sure we knew. Why is it he cannot even give us the courtsey of knowing what we are competing in. It is almost like there is an hidden agenda. The man is a cretin (does anyone know if he is a Redshite fan?)

Actually Green did say one thing that was spot on when he said "....why would anyone listen to me". For once we agree Green you tit.

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Jon Berry
1   Posted 24/01/2008 at 09:21:23

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Did anyone listen to the game on 5 live last night? Does Alan Green have a problem with Everton or what? As soon as Chelsea scored he declared "1-0. tie over". There was still 20 minutes to play and Anichebe hadn't come on yet, so a bit early to completely write us off.

Then towards the end "All Everton have to play for this season is 4th place in the league" ...eh hum ? what Europe Mr Green or have you written us off in that one as well!! Needless to say there were other digs, but these two really stood out. What a fool that guy is.

Nick Entwistle
2   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:24:15

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Typical Green, but thought the Sky commentary was just as biased.
Anelka hit the bar early second half and they stated that it would have been tie over... just one example for you, but it was going on all night... apparently on certain types of TV you can turn the commentary off... sweet!
James Elworthy
3   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:23:46

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Alan Green is a short fat ugly little so and so who won his job in a competition.
He is despised by Alex Ferguson for his comments in the past.
He caused trouble when he stated Sylvester Stallone’s Limo may have its wheels nicked being parked outside Goodison.
He is despised also by BBC television people who wont let him appear on TV on BBC football programmes.
Commentators irritating or not are paid to commentate what goes on spout statistics etc not make personal remarks particularly slagging off players when they themselves have never kicked a football in anything more than a Sunday Pub League match.
I often listen to 5 and cringe on some of the remarks he makes about players no matter who is playing and I am sure he has had his lights threatened to be punched out by many a player in the past.
He should take a leaft out of some ultra professional commentators like Martin Tyler who do a professional job commentating on a match and leave the personal insults to one side. I put him with John McCririck as one of the most irritating and annoying people one loves to hate.
marcus dawson
4   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:42:23

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Green is a Red Shite, fact. I was in the car and had to switch off because I was getting so irritated by him, he abuses his position and I’ve never quite fathomed why the beeb tolerated his remarks about scousers when Stallone came to town.
He deliberately tries to provoke a reaction because it gets people talking (phoning) and keeps him in the limelight, we’ve all fallen for it yet again.
Sam Morrison
5   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:46:35

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I am a long-distance fan and Alan Green has been the bane of my life for many a year. He loves to moan and will often talk about how cold he is or how he?s waiting for a cup of tea rather than the actual game. So he?s boring from the off.

When you factor in his disrespect for anyone outside the ?big four? (it feels like particularly Everton but perhaps other fans feel the same way) and the way he categorises almost every game as a personal disappointment to him, then you have someone who is also offensive.

On top of all that he is a fecking know-all who refers to people as ?son? as he ticks them off from the gantry. I don?t love to hate him, I just hate him.
Greg Murphy
6   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:52:34

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Always happy to indulge in some Greenbashing. Loathe him, as should every Evertonian. Just stick his name into Google and then check the Wikipedia entry for this vile beast. It tells you all you need to know and it also has the link to the infamous Irish Examiner piece from 2005 titled "Wake up and smell the coffee, David" (as in Moyes) which is essential reading for any Toffee. The fella despises Everton and resents having to go to Goodison, ever.


The only deficiency in the Wikipedia run down of Green’s make -up is that it denies the fact that he is indeed, as Marcus Dawson correctly asserts, a kopite. And a rancid one at that.
Paul OHanlon
7   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:49:30

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Green is a tit is right, but it’s not just him who know’s absolutely fuck all about us.

Alan McInally was giving his ’expert’ opinion on Soccer Saturday a couple of weeks back and said "the one player who makes Everton tick is Thomas Graveson"!!! WTF?? What year did he last watch an Everton match. And these guys are paid ’football experts’!

An expert in any other field would be expected to thoroughly research his subject. Can you imagine a Sky News political correspondent saying something like "Sadam Hussein is behind all the problems in Iraq, something needs to be done about him"!
Tony Waverleas
8   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:40:59

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Green has become a parody of himself; a very poor Mike Yarwood impression of himself if you will. He doesn’t do commentaries any more he does Alan-Green-type-commentaries instead. Why? Because just like the referees he criticises for believing the crowd has turned up to only watch them so Green thinks he is the sole reason people are listening.
Compare and contrast him with someone like Jonathan Pearce, whose vocal style admittedly can be irritating, but at least Pearce proves through what he says that he has done a ton of research on the teams involved and actually sounds pleased to be doing his job.
As for Green on 606 his ignorance of the issues callers raise is cringeworthy.
Unless of course the subject under discussion happens to bedelightful friends across the park at which point his knowledge of affairs suddenly becomes encyclopaedic and frankly forensic in its attention to detail.
Can’t think why that would be. Can you?
Declan Burke
9   Posted 24/01/2008 at 14:46:22

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Marc Davis,
Yes, Green is a red shite fan. He writes a weekly column for an Irish daily newspaper and he has admitted on a number occasions to being so. I have often listened to his commentarys on 5 Live ( through necessity)and I feel that it is a reflection of the declining standards of public broadcasting that the Beeb have him employed.
If Carlsberg did the most biased or obnoxious commentators in the World, he would be it.
Greg Hunt
10   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:09:48

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I remember Joe Royle saying something along the lines of Mr Green being so popular that he should hold his birthday party in a telephone box.
He’s obnoxious, but hey, if you put a microphone in front of a Kopite, that’s what you usually get..
Mick Dempsey
11   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:06:14

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I haven’t listend to Radio five for about 5 years, I dont watch Match of Day. I hate sky pundits and even Andy Gray is a prick, but I am lucky if I want to watch Everton, I have the god send of Football first. I like to listen to Radio Merseyside phone ins, Ronny Goodlass is class and biased towards Everton and there is another lad who sits in on the phone ins not sure of his name but he is a fan, and he wipes the floor with his RS counterpart. Getting back to fat arse green, I seen him last year at Heathrow airport and he was a fucking disgrace the way he spoke to the check in staff, I said to him and you slag Scousers off you arrogant twat, he came back with some shit about typical scouser before pissing off with his tail between his fat arse and legs, he is just pure horrible
John Lloyd
12   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:13:19

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With so many outlets these days, why listen to him?

Do as I do & never listen or watch a programme he is involved with cos he’s gobshite. If you give him an audience or react to his articles you are doing what he wants.
Martin Doherty
13   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:16:35

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The Sky commentary from Ian Darke was equally biased. He got very excited and animated when Chelsea attacked but hardly raised a semitone for us. His regular anecdotes were ’Chelsea are in total control’. I’m sorry I am the only one who believes we didn’t get outclassed. Even Peter Reid at the post match summary got sucked in by the spin. We were so close on numerous occasions that I really can’t believe Chelsea were that good and we’ll definitely do them at home in the league.
Michael McQuaid
14   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:19:07

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I agree completely with the comments on Alan Green’s performance.
Never complimentary towards the Blues, he always dismisses us a long-ball side who play ugly football.
As a working journalist myself, I found his comments last night, about the tie being over after the Chelsea goal and Everton having nothing but fourth place to play for, outrageous and unprofessional.
He might deny any Red allegiance, so why is he always on duty at Anfield? Even on Monday night, with Liverpool sliding down the league, there is Green covering the Aston Villa game when you would expect one of Five Live’s ’lesser lights’ such as Connor McNamara or Ian Brown to be there.
I’m all for giving reporting jobs to reporters and not ex-players, but last night we would have had a fairer, balanced radio commentary had summariser Graham Taylor taken over the mike full time from this so-called journalist!
John Pickles
15   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:36:41

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I just refer to him as ’Thrush’.......an irritating Tw@t
Jay Campbell
16   Posted 24/01/2008 at 16:07:46

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Alan Green want’s kicking senseless.
Joe Wightman
17   Posted 24/01/2008 at 16:10:20

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Over christmas, myself and the wife were listening to Alan Green in the car and even totally uninformed as she is, she asked if he was a Liverpool supporter. Aparently, his bias is evident to all, so it?s not just Evertonian paranoia.

Alex Ferguson won?t do ANY interviews with the BBC (TV or Radio) because of his ongoing row with Green.

But I take the point that with all the other forms of media, why listen to him?

Regarding Peter Reid, (Martin Doherty?s comment) I don?t think he was suckered in by the spin, I think he was genuinely gutted that we didn?t get near Chelsea last night. He was as hyped up for this game as any other fan (did you see how wound up he got at Avram Grant?s pre-match comments about us???) but at the end he was totally deflated. As we all were.
Alan Kirwin
18   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:53:28

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You’re all right, Alan Green is a prize prick 90% of the time. Personally I don’t give a toss what he says, or indeed the ignorant arseholes that masquerade under the title of "pundit" for Sky.

There are pundits worth listening to, two fabulous ex-Liverpool defenders regularly sing our praises on MoD, as indeed does an ex Liverpool striker (Stan Collymore) because they watch more football and think about it more.

But getting back to last night, we need to accept what happened. Had Everton played like Chelsea then we’d be ecstatic. They were superb, strong & composed and easily the better team.

Conversely I thought we, with the exception of maybe 10 mins in the 1st half, fell short in a big way. To see us resorting to hoof-ball is bad enough. But to do that when the only target is 5’ 8" and with a gorilla on each shoulder, and to by-pass a 5-man midfield in the process, is unacceptable.

The pattern of the game was evident after 30 mins at most and it was then that Anichebe should have been brought on. Worst case, half time. Cahill was invisible and should have been taken off a half-time for Vaughan. Easy to say, but it seemed to me after 30 mins that we would never score.

DM has been excellent in so many ways. But the one area that he consistently falls short is tactics or, more precisely, substitutions. He is so reluctant to change things around that it sometimes beggars belief. Last night we were up against it. But to keep wellying the ball back to Chelsea and have to win it back was suicidal nonsense.

For the last 20 mins Arteta looked fed up. And well he might be. Our passing was rubbish, although passing is easier when your colleagues move around a bit. We fell back into old ways and it was bad, very bad. AJ, I’m afraid, looked like a boy amongst men. Fernandez’s crisp passing was too crisp for some. Osman shouldn’t have played, he wasn’t fit. The signs of frustration were there for all to see with Carsley losing his cool & repeated fouling in the first half.

So, I’m flat as a pancake today and deeply pissed off. Don’t mind losing if we’ve done our best, but whatever anyone says, no way in this world was that our best. Lack of thought & courage with tactics and team selection, no leadership and, on occasions, god awful passing. We were crap last night & didn’t deserve it.

Prick that he is, I’m afraid Alan Green’s take on the game was not far away from mine. I was exasperated by the end as I though we didn’t go down fighting and we just lost the plot. Moyes really should have influenced that game more than he did. I only hope he reflects upon that and acquires some courage for the future.

Shite!
Simon Jones
19   Posted 24/01/2008 at 16:26:42

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We all know he is a knohead and a biased one at that. I listen to him for fun, just to see if he ever is forced to say someting positive about us. It does happen occasionally and I revel in hearing his voice crack and the little soul he has left groan. I wish Jimmy Armefield could do more commentries. He is a joy to listen to and comes across as a real gent. Listen and learn ’Greeny.’
Ed MacDonald
20   Posted 24/01/2008 at 16:29:44

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David Platt was also a complete twat. You’d have thought we had got beaten 5-0 the way he was talking.
Andy Green
21   Posted 24/01/2008 at 15:15:14

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Do what I did - I wrote to 606@bbc.co.uk stating that Alan Green was ruining my enjoyment of listening to football commentary - and if he dislikes the game so much then maybe he should be doing something else. License payers are paying his wages after all.
Chris James
22   Posted 24/01/2008 at 16:35:42

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I too had the misfortune to listen to the game on the radio.

The whole tone was very negative towards Everton, but Alan Green was definitely at his worst.

He is so transparent it is untrue. Presumably needled by Wenger’s belittling of his beloved Anfield’s atmosphere he kept banging on about how quiet Goodison had become after conceding the goal with people leaving before the end.

He also complained about his view being obstructed by pillars (no-one else mentioned). It was while he was moaning about the state of the ground that his co-commentator (David Pleat?) had to point out what a fantastic atmosphere there was.

I also noticed the ignorant comment about only having the league to concentrate on now. Ignorance is what you come to expect from Alan Green.
Iain Latchford
23   Posted 24/01/2008 at 16:57:05

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He?s Redshite. And we all know what that means don?t we ......... GOBSHITE !!
Declan Brown
24   Posted 24/01/2008 at 17:18:46

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Greetings.

***TAKE THIS AS GOSPEL LADS AS I WILL SWEAR THIS IS TRUE***.

Alan Green’s father was in my dad’s petrol station over here in Belfast.

His father told the guy working for my dad that Alan tries to get him over to watch all the Liverpool home games but he refuses to go over with him as he has no interest in watching Liverpool.

The guy asked his father if it was true Alan was a Man Utd fan, but he said "no, he’s definitely a diehard Liverpool man through and through".

Again i swear this is true bill and have 5-6 people who will testify to this being the truth.
Paul Quinn
25   Posted 24/01/2008 at 18:02:39

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Just to depress everyone further lol, the commentators in Asia are equally biased towards "the big four". I have no idea who was commentating for the "Yes" channel last night but he certainly came from the "Alan Greene School of Impartial Reporting"
Keith Glazzard
26   Posted 24/01/2008 at 18:02:28

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I heard one of his "commentaries" a few years back. It sounds like he’s still using the same script.
David Hooper
27   Posted 24/01/2008 at 18:26:11

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Please, please, please ToffeeWeb.... START A PETITION TO GET ALAN GREEN BANNED FROM GOODISON PARK.
Tom Edwards
28   Posted 24/01/2008 at 18:43:45

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In my opinion....

Green is a vile, rancid, biased, talentless, dog-licking sack of monkey shite. He is the most obvious red shite lover and always moans about having to commentate at Goodison. The fact that he gets well paid for what he does (very little, and that badly) has always stuck in my throat. Thank Christ there are many other outlets on which to see/hear the match. I always switch off 5 live if that scum sucking, opinionated pile of road-kill is on.
Karl Masters
29   Posted 24/01/2008 at 18:49:49

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Alan Green is just a bitter and twisted hack.

He’s bitter that he’s never got on TV, bitter that LFC have been eclipsed by Manure & Arsenal and twists everything he says to suit his own warped perspective.

Clearly, he’s a bit worried that we are giving his Reda a run for their money in the League ao don’t expect the sniping to stop. He ought to be disciplined or sacked for using a National Radio Station to air his opinions and very few real facts.
Alan Clarke
30   Posted 24/01/2008 at 19:13:57

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I regret not spitting in his face when I had the chance once whilst buying a bag of chips in Macclesfield.
John McAllister
31   Posted 24/01/2008 at 19:12:35

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It is widely known in football circles here [Northern Ireland] that Alan Green’s favourite teams are Linfield in Northern Ireland and Liverpool in England. What really irritates me is that he hasn’t got the balls to admit it, forever pretending to be neutral. Why? Who does he think he is fooling?
I watched on Sky and it was so pro Chelsea. At the start of the second half Ian Darke said "Chelsea are only 45 minutes away from Wembley." I thought both teams were 45 minutes away from Wembley depending on the outcome of the second half.
Finally, we weren’t good enough... but we are getting there. Keep the faith.
Rob Paterson
32   Posted 24/01/2008 at 20:37:01

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Would somebody please explain to me why we waste a thread on this attention seeking gobshite ?
Tommy Banks
33   Posted 24/01/2008 at 21:14:43

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Theres a few of these RS commentators, one of the worst is that Parry twat. Green is a shithouse and one day someone will chin him, and I hope I witness it.
Jeff Leahey
34   Posted 24/01/2008 at 20:38:28

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This man is one cunt and should be fucked off at the entrance as soon as he turns up at the Old Lady, the club should put a complaint in to the BBC about this bastard. Sorry about the tone of my post, that's how strongly I feel about Green. I only hope the club give him fuck all in the shape of tea, coffee, sandwiches, or anything else in the realms of hospitality. He?s the complete opposite of the great MIke Porky Parry.
Brendan Doherty
35   Posted 24/01/2008 at 21:46:28

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A kopite on his radio phone-in recently said to him that he knew he supported liverpool but that he couldn’t admit it on the radio due to his supposed BBC ’impartiality’. Silence from Green. Says it all. BAN HIM FROM GOODISON BILL!
Greg Doyle
36   Posted 24/01/2008 at 22:21:40

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Green is a horrible scumbag. He hates Everton nearly as much as some of the contributors to this website!!
He wrote a really pathetic article at the end of the season we came fourth saying it was because liverpool were concentrating on the CL. Definitely a red.
Matty Dawkins
37   Posted 24/01/2008 at 22:49:19

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The man is a fucking haemorhoid, he wants hosing down with boiled diarrhoea!!!!
Tony Williams
38   Posted 24/01/2008 at 23:15:32

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It would seem lear that he is a red, as only a koppite would take the time and energy to write such a scathing article, such as the one mentioned above, in which he basically told Moyes and Evertonians to stop having ambition and know our place.

It tickles me now knowing that he must be gutted seeing us above his beloved redshite.
Jimmy Rim
39   Posted 25/01/2008 at 08:06:03

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Thank heavens for forums such as these. I too via the medium of streaming watched it and got the commentery from Radio 5. I tried for an hour to get one from Liverpool, but it came through too quiet as I’ve hated the bias so much in the past. I was livid and was giving the missus an earful over this prick Alan Green all game over everything he said. I know someone mentioned it earlier but Ive just got back from SE Asia and the coverage is so biased there too. I watched us thrash spurs at three in the morning next to some sleeping Laos family with no commentery and the pitch was red! Later on in the week in the build up for Spurs next game it only showed the goal they scored against us not the three they’d conceded to highligh how crap their defense was. For the millions who watch the Premiership over there you’d think that our league consisted of Manu, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. This Chang sponsorship seems to have made 0 impact in terms of raising our profile over there. In five months and the whole of SE Asia travelled I must have saw 3/4 Everton Shirts on people and I won’t go into trying to find knock-off kids shirts for all the nephews and nieces, lets just say I wore down a couple o pairs o flip flops.
Ron Leith
40   Posted 25/01/2008 at 08:50:44

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Alan Green is just such a condescending irritant. He comes out with some of the most patronising drivel at times. He can put down some clubs he dislikes teams. Bolton were a prime example. I don?t think he is anti-everton but I regard him as a bit of a joke. For all his obvious bias, he is good at pointing out when refs show themselves up. Refs deserve all the stick they get just because they all seem to favour the big 4 and appear to be hand picked by Benitez and Fergie. He is without doubt a Liverpool fan.
Michael Coffey
41   Posted 25/01/2008 at 09:34:39

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I believe he has, as they say, a good face for radio.
Mark Cassin
42   Posted 25/01/2008 at 09:30:13

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I never understood how he can make scouse ’jokes’ when he is meant to support Liverpool...isn’t there something wrong there?!

Weird guy.
Phil Harris
43   Posted 25/01/2008 at 10:58:55

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Alan Green is a gobshite ! I would’nt listen to Radio 5 anyway listen to your local station Merseyside or City better by far.
Albert Velthuijsen
44   Posted 25/01/2008 at 11:15:55

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Alan Green is a gayfriend of Clattenberg.
Graham Rathbone
45   Posted 25/01/2008 at 12:35:00

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Mark, nothing wrong here most kopites aren’t scousers!!!
Seamy Padraikins
46   Posted 25/01/2008 at 13:42:42

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Look, Green is a fat Linfield supporting twat, and if youve ever met one, they think they are better than everyone else...so are you surprised by his annoying drivel that passes for commentary...self righteous im right youre wrong bollocks...hes dreadful really, stop talking about him, we are just inflating further his blimp sized ego
Tom Davies
47   Posted 25/01/2008 at 13:50:16

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Noone likes us, I honestly thought everyone had realised that by now, but you know it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Evertonians love Everton and are loyal, honest and intelligent when it comes to talking about our team, that’s all that matters to me.

But it really does annoy me when former players who are supposed to know better don’t do us any justice.
Mike Allison
48   Posted 25/01/2008 at 16:21:01

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Forget Alan Green, he’s not worth the effort.

What gets me is that some of our fans seem to be suckered in by the hype. Someone above says Reid was gutted we ’didn’t get near Chelsea’ and someone else says we’d be chuffed if we’d played like they did or something similar. Granted, the quality of Chelsea throughout the side is inevitable better than ours, but in Wednesday’s match we were the better team. The difference was Petr Cech making 3-4 massive saves, and the ref bailing him out when he made a mistake. That wasn’t a foul, imagine 1-0 Everton at that stage...

Is it just me or do the possession, shots on target and territory stats not bear this out? We outplayed Chelsea, but Cech and a brilliant moment from Joe Cole proved the difference. Stop believing the Sky, Green, Platt bullshit. Watch the game again, or at least check the statistics of it.
Craig Taylor
49   Posted 25/01/2008 at 16:40:39

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I absolutly agree. My brother is a Man U fan and he says the same.

Green did nothing but say sarcastic twaty comments about everton all night.



Ha Ha where are they in the league though greeno?
John Kelly
50   Posted 25/01/2008 at 22:55:35

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Alan Green is a typiclal worried sad gobshite.
Its not just here people are slating him.
Have a look here:


http://www.sportingo.com/football/alan_green_envy_curse_evertons/1001,6790

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