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Could this be it?

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Six games unbeaten in all competitions. Ten goals scored in those six games. Football that flows, football that is beautiful, football that is exactly what Evertonians have longed for since 1988. Could this be our chance, finally, after almost twenty painful years?

I have often wondered whether I was the one who cursed our club, simply by being born, in 1988. Since the day I was born Everton have won only a single, solitary trophy, and even that in a season where relegation threatened. I have experienced low point after low point as an Evertonian, until now the greatest, most important moment being the 3-2 victory over Wimbledon on the last day of the 1993-94 season. Tears rolled down my dad's face when we went two down that day; he cried more when the final whistle blew and we had survived. I saw then what it meant to support Everton Football Club.

Today, when Tim Cahill scored in the 89th minute, it was a great feeling, but it's just a point. We actually dropped a place in the Premier League table this afternoon. Does that matter? I now see an Everton team that is on a mission. David Moyes has his faults, but the man has brought our beloved club from the brink of relegation to European football, to matching the league?s top teams, to players like Cahill and Lescott and Arteta, in just five years. We are financially healthy, a new stadium is on the horizon; the players and the management and the fans believe that the club can soon be great once again.

So this could indeed be the time when Everton FC emerges to become a regular contender for the top six, top four and even in a few years the Premier League title itself. This could be the time when Everton return to European competitions with resolve, the ability to compete and to succeed. It could all go wrong, of course, and in many ways that would be typical of the post-1988 Everton FC that I have grown up with ? but now, for the first time in my life, I believe that it won?t go wrong.

< With a few more key signings, an increase in revenue from a new ground/European competition, Everton can once again be among the biggest and most successful football clubs in the world. ?In every land and continent, wherever football?s known, we?ll play the game that?s Everton and bring the honours home!?
Louis Huglin, Warwick Uni     Posted 11/11/2007 at 19:38:19

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Steve Ryan
1   Posted 11/11/2007 at 21:56:40

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Grossly over the top article mate. We are improving and are finally starting to play football on the dack in spurts; but its far from being "beautiful football" yet with Hibbert, Carsley and Neville in the starting line up yesterday. Regarding your comment that we are ’financially healthy’, when is the last time you looked at Everton’s accounts?
Mike Whittaker
2   Posted 11/11/2007 at 23:06:08

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Just watched the game on Sky. Great effort today, a performance packed with courage and endeavour however........until we get two top midfielders to take the place of Osman and Carsley, it will always be backs to the wall stuff when we come against quality. I’m not a Lampard fan, but our midfield made him look a world beater today. We desperately need somebody in the middle of the park that can take a game by the scruff of the neck and dictate it. Once we do, we have every chance.
Louis Huglin
3   Posted 11/11/2007 at 23:36:20

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I know its over the top but I was just full of optimism, I had to write it down. The general point is valid though, that we’re doing brilliant at the moment and we have the potential to drive on to bigger things from here!
Martin Cutler
4   Posted 11/11/2007 at 23:34:42

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Re: Mike’s comment above......not disagreeing with you at all but we knew that before the game today, indeed we knew that before this incredible run that we’re currently on!

As to the comment by Louis....not over the top at all....possibly a little bit "wishful thinking"....but I’d argue that we’re all thinking along those lines!

The difference is is that Moyes has performed a minor miracle in getting us where he has with what he has....if he can buy the 1 or 2 key additional players we need (midfield playmaker above all else) and still get his team to play with the spirit and hard work that they are currently (and have been) showing....I don’t think trophies are that far away!!!

Bottom line.......fantastic result today!

Roll on Sunderland.....jeez, do we have to wait nearly two weeks for another game!!!!
Peter Pridgeon
5   Posted 12/11/2007 at 01:07:26

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So it was you who has brought all this bad luck to Everton. I wish I had known earlier.

Yes its time for optimism but shit guys lets be realistic, we may get a cup this year or next but we are not going to win the prem in the near future. Look at the rabble across the park, they must have spent 200 million on trying to win it in the last ten years.
Unless you have players of a certain calibre you just don’t stand a chance and for all our battlers
out there they are just not quite good enough.
Yes six games unbeaten and good reason to think we are going places but lets see where we are after Christmas and then get really optimistic if we are still in Europe the league cup and have climbed into the top five.

Norman Merrill
6   Posted 12/11/2007 at 07:57:08

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Good shout Louis, without going overboard, I can see your optimism, but there will always be the ones who can?t get thier heads around any progress being made.
Michael Rodgers
7   Posted 12/11/2007 at 11:23:03

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Good article mate. I don?t care if it was over top. Im delighted with this week and don?t care if im overly what. There will be time enough for realism when we lose a few so enjoy it lads. Things are looking up we are progressing and tiny tim is a hero!
Gavin Holland
8   Posted 12/11/2007 at 12:39:40

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Replace osman?!?!? He has scored the greatest goal of the season and is one of our best and most consistent performers.
Johnny Centreback
9   Posted 13/11/2007 at 15:35:25

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Haven’t really had a chance to watch Everton this season but am pleased to know they are trying to play beautiful football. The more we can all aspire to that the better...

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