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A Plea to Fellow Evetonians

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Don't become Chelsea Fans!

Having responded to many threads and debates on this site, I have been intending to submit an article for some time. I would have liked this to have been on something interesting such as the forthcoming European campaign, potential future signings or maybe even the "for or against" Moyes debate that seems to rage on in this forum. Unfortunately my hand has been forced into raising a probably minor and trivial issue but one that is close to my heart because quite frankly I felt embarrassed!!

Being a south-east based exile (HM Forces), I was disturbed to hear the strains of "your support is fucking shit" being chanted by Evertonians against Newcastle yesterday. I pride myself on being able to slate London fans on their arrogance, self-righteousness and pre-occupation in slagging off the opposing fans rather than supporting their own team. I know there is banter amongst fans, but usually, we do not get dragged down to the level of our capital counterparts who seem to spend more time looking at the away supporters than watching the match and encouraging their own team. The above mentioned chant originated in London, belongs in a school-yard level argument about football and makes us sound petty - just like most London fans.

Fellow Evertonians, we are better than that. Banter yes ? arrogance no!! Remember our roots and as Howard Kendall once acknowledged, you are the most knowlegable fans in football ? do not resort to the standards of arrogant cockneys and behave like the best fans in the country that you are.
Danny O'Neill, Uxbridge     Posted 12/05/2008 at 22:55:48

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