This past season and the season before I've been lucky enough to bring my kids to Walton. The first time I took my son was to the Everton vs Charlton game when James McFadden scored his 'Goal of the Season' that was applauded by everyone ? apart from the BBC who must have missed that game.
Then there was the opening game of the season just past against Wigan that I took my son to. Then the game against Man U that I took one of my twin daughters to with Vidic scoring in the 81st minute. Then the Merseyside (Clattenberg) Derby that I took my other twin daughter to (they were three at the time) where, Rachel god bless her, fell asleep. Emily in the Man U game just wanted fruit pastels.
From there I think I went to Brann with two mates but none of us had tickets for the game (the two mates are season ticket holders). I paid the money for the flights, accommodation, the extortionately priced beer, sang with my fellow blues in the 'Brann Supporters Pub', went back there to have one of theirs try and strangle me with my Everton Brann scarf, went back again to sing Karaoke (True by Spandau Ballet but changing the word True to BLUE).
Then it was onto the Wigan game at the last but one row of the main stand with Harry again. It was BALTIC. Freezing. We won 1-0. Then the Chelsea game on a Thursday night where driving back I bumped (literally) into Jamie Rednkapp and Richard Keyes at Knutsford services (why couldn't it have been Peter Reid?).
Then there was the Newcastle game. The night before I spent the night in Liverpool and went to the NSNO (another fan website) end of season party which was supposed to have guest of honour Neville Southall. He was ill so we had Shaggy Stevens and John Bailey instead. Although John was a bit weary to say the least. We beat Newcastle by the way 3-1, which I am sure the majority of you know. I was in the lower Gwladys for that one. The two names that were being sung the most at the end of that one were Davey Moyes and Lee Carsley (Mr Super Lee Carsley to you and I).
That is my story of the season past. A season of memories from Goodison. A place that has a taste to it that sticks in your mouth for hours. A place that I've left it late to walk up the steps so my kids can hear the hum of almost 40,000 people. Smell the hum of millions of pies that have been cooked that are soaked into every part of the stadium for more than a century. The thing is though. For me. Could you support another club?
If we moved to Kirkby, would you choose someone else? Would Everton Football Club stop being a part of you? I don't want to see us leave Walton/Goodison Park. I'm a North Walian originally by the way. But I love three things in life. My kids, my wife and Everton Football Club.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that we can't stay at Goodison forever in the current football economic climate. We need more corporate boxes. Someone to sponsor the name of our ground with something ridiculous (maybe "The Tesco Stadium"...) something that all of us dread. But really. Come off it, what do you want? To see EFC last another fifty years in the top flight or fade like Nottingham Forest....
Something needs to be done. Maybe with this publicity about the Kirkby project being called in we'll get a bit of publicity. Maybe we'll get our own billionaire and we'll sign the pick of the bunch and Rooney will beg to come back to us for £150k a week. The Kings Dock will throw up a previously unheard of piece of land and we'll have an amazing 60,000 seater stadium next to the river that we fill every week.
We need to be realistic though and we need to be careful of what we ask for. Or else we'll be the next Leeds. David Moyes wants money. I think the guy is amazing for what he has done for us. But he wants money for players we just don't seem to have. If we're not careful, inside of five years, we could end up in League One playing Scunthorpe.
Something went wrong somewhere. We were the best team in the world just over 20 years ago. I think we'll get back to that point one day. But things have to be done on a gradual basis. Not all at once.
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