A lot has been said over the summer about the mismanagement of my Club and it breaks my heart to have to say that I agree with a lot of it.
However, doesn?t there come a point in time when somebody has to stands tall, or grab the blue bugle from the hand of the fallen and produce a commanding rallying cry in the face of impending doom?
Arteta tried to do it last week when he said stop feeling sorry for yourselves! I saw it in the face of Captain Marvel, on Saturday at the Hawthornes when, on all fours he looked directly into the away end after winning a corner for his team in the last minute. I saw it on the way back to the coaches when a 10 year old Evertonian grabbed the badge on his shirt and kissed it as I walked passed.
Just because big Duncan is now sunning his number nine tattoo does that mean we all now have to turn into tarts arses? Of course not!
What has shocked me the most about all this is our real lack of backbone. The 3,000 with me last Saturday where the quietest away Blues I have ever experienced! Not a sign of what makes us such an admired away crew. What?s the reason for that?
For me it?s a real lack of leadership ? but not in the corridors of power but here on the pages of my Club's zines. What makes us special is our passion, commitment, will to win and the legacy of what our fathers told us whilst putting us to bed of an evening.
On Monday the transfer deadline ends and the season begins! We?ve already lost two opportunities to out-shout the opposition. If it means I have to make every fucker in the Park End rouse with me on Saturday I will do it. Because believe me, as much as we can slag off the Generals for their strategic incompetence it was, and always will be, the soldiers who change the shape of the battle.
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1 Posted 29/08/2008 at 07:43:23
2 Posted 29/08/2008 at 08:40:04
RS are in for him.
3 Posted 29/08/2008 at 08:41:44
Dave Milner was never coming to Everton in the first place. Villa were better placed than us anyway!
4 Posted 29/08/2008 at 09:16:35
5 Posted 29/08/2008 at 09:35:56
6 Posted 29/08/2008 at 09:46:08
We desperately need a real SPARK... someone to bring back the optimism and become a real legend ? not like the big oaf you mentioned, a player with flair and leadership qualities. A Ball or a Young... or better still a combination of them. I'm sure Moutinho could be the one to do it... he could be our Fabregas. He has the flair. Then the others can protect him and Arteta and Pienaar so that we can once again be the School of Science and not Hoofball United.
7 Posted 29/08/2008 at 10:18:10
8 Posted 29/08/2008 at 10:22:33
The turning point for me was (terrier) Vaughanie?s introduction. Suddenley, the YAK had more space & bingo ? goal! The fans just needed a spark it felt like we had turned the corner. Signings have started to come. A couple more of quality midfield signings & keeping Vaughan fit will lift the Blues in more ways than one.
9 Posted 29/08/2008 at 10:37:04
10 Posted 29/08/2008 at 10:26:14
Tell you what, at the end of the world, I won?t be sat in waiting for the inevitable, I?ll be out smashing windows, robbing cars, getting drunk and having a go. Go out fighting!
I?m not suggesting the fans on away day go pillaging high streets up and down the country, but it?s back to the walls time, and time for the dog to show it?s teeth. The players are doing their bit, Vaughnie is a blue No 9 if ever I?ve seen one, Arteta his just class and up for a fight, and Cahill will only add more steel. We?ve got the players to have a real go at breaking the CL 4, (notice I didn?t say big 4), ok, we get a few injuries, we struggle, but what if we don?t get the injuries, and everyone pulls in, and something good happens...
I?m fed up being told by our own fans that we?re doomed, and fed up of my neighbours, (who all happen to be turned onto the dark side), laughing at me on my driveway. So for the first time in about 15 years I?ve bought an Everton shirt. Never bothered for years cos 1, they?re pretty crap generally, 2, I stopped spending 40 quid on a t shirt when I stopped goin to Cream.
It?s easy to feel proud when everything's looking bright, but let?s face it, the skies aren?t that grey...
Proud to be an Evertonian, always have been, always will be. My Grandad said to me at a very young age, "Anyone can support Liverpool". I made a fine choice and I stick by it.
Come on YOU BLUES!
Not just the 11 on the pitch.
11 Posted 29/08/2008 at 12:29:54
With colours blazing like the sun.
Along the road to come what may
Over the hills and far away.
12 Posted 29/08/2008 at 13:12:26
13 Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:12:01
Injury aside, Louis Saha is still one of the best strikers in the Premiership. Apart from being a player with Champions League experience, the boys a winner. He is a step up from Andrew Johnson, is clinical, quick and has Anelka?s pedigree.
I couldn?t understand why we didn?t go in for Cisse (regardless of the sordid past), but now I know. For me this is officially the first signing of the summer.
Now Moyes has 4 days to bag himself a Milner and an M?Bia, or Moutinho for him to have delivered in the final hour! I sense a contract signing.
14 Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:55:32
15 Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:56:30
16 Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:53:19
17 Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:26:34
18 Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:19:35
19 Posted 30/08/2008 at 02:32:53
There’s forty shillings on the drum
To those who volunteer to come,
To ’list and fight the foe today
Over the Hills and far away.
20 Posted 30/08/2008 at 11:20:07
21 Posted 30/08/2008 at 11:20:07