Last time we won the FA Cup I was 16 years young and danced around the room with my Dad in pure joy. Just to add to the glee, my Man Utd Godfather came round for dinner the following evening. Needless to say he was greeted by a host of Everton scarves. My Dad's not here anymore and I'll be watching it half way round the world in Manhattan next to an expat Chelski fan. Evokes happy memories of 15 years ago, can't wait for Saturday. Cmon you Blues!!
Hopefully we'll win it for the Everton kids of today and in 15 years time when they're knocking on for 30, they'll be looking back with a wry smile. Let's have a few more trophies before then though!!
Dan Parker, Posted 28/05/2009 at 12:19:14
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1 Posted 28/05/2009 at 17:47:49
2 Posted 28/05/2009 at 18:43:56
3 Posted 28/05/2009 at 19:13:27
Nil satis nisi optimum. COYB!
4 Posted 28/05/2009 at 19:55:20
5 Posted 28/05/2009 at 20:45:52
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7 Posted 28/05/2009 at 21:17:21
8 Posted 28/05/2009 at 21:51:27
9 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:05:00
10 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:19:42
Its never too early to crack open a beer, especially for a cup final. Biggest game of the decade and your gonna have a cup of tea/coffe/orange juice.
My nerves are gonna be so wrecked I expect to take up smoking for a day.
So have a beer mate, will make the celebrations all the better.
11 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:14:05
12 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:18:04
I may just do an all nighter and watch the pre-game starting @ 1am !!!!!!
I am so excited !!!! COYB !!!!!
13 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:29:00
14 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:35:38
I was in born in ?76, been a Blue since ?82. I remember the Watford Final and running around the street(in Manchester, we?d just moved) kickin a ball about but no-one around as nobody gave a shite obviously!
Remember ?86 against Liverpool very well as that was the first time I?d ever cried over Everton, what made it worse was my Kopite Dad winding me up..... Sadly I haven?t got a ticket for this year but I?ll be a proud Blue whatever the score is.:-)
15 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:34:32
16 Posted 28/05/2009 at 23:33:40
17 Posted 28/05/2009 at 22:52:23
Davin - I live in Boston, too. Where you watching it? Phoenix Landing? COYB FTRS (Forget the Red Shite)
18 Posted 29/05/2009 at 00:06:36
19 Posted 29/05/2009 at 00:08:05
20 Posted 29/05/2009 at 00:35:16
A further 300 miles south is Albany the last stopping off place before Antartica where another Evertonian son and two grandsons will be cheering for our team.
21 Posted 29/05/2009 at 00:26:05
22 Posted 29/05/2009 at 00:31:21
I certainly remember the tears the years after, especially when my Mum?s best friend?s husband (who got me into Everton in the first place) went with his son (unsurprisingly!), but my mum couldn?t afford it the year after.
I quit my part time job in ?95 as the assistant manager of the hotel I worked in said I couldn?t have the afternoon of even though I?d booked it, so that him exactly what I thought of the snide little prick and walked out.
Unfortunately, I just can?t afford to spend £400-500 on a ticket, still going to head down to London, but
realistically going to be in a pub ? Porters Lodge sounding good start at very least.
Just hope we do it... of course we can, we?re Everton ? I can?t wait til Saturday. COYB!!!
23 Posted 29/05/2009 at 01:01:59
24 Posted 29/05/2009 at 02:02:39
My memory goes back to 66 and my stupid behaviour. I watched the final with my dad and match buddies. Sheffield?s second goal sent me into a funk and I took it out on the furniture. Dad was not amused and I stomped to my room in a strop. This of course meant that I missed us equalising much to everybody?s amusement. The episode has been brought up again this week in e.mails to those same friends and it?s moments like this that we treasure.
We never stop being Evertonians and the band wagon is for other supporters. Whatever the outcome we?ll remain "Blues" and I?m certainly putting something special in my cornflakes, 7 AM or not!
25 Posted 29/05/2009 at 02:14:18
26 Posted 29/05/2009 at 03:03:21
27 Posted 29/05/2009 at 03:08:25
I’ll have a Stella or two watching it, so expect to be fast asleep on the couch by midday - hopefully as happy as a pig in...........
28 Posted 29/05/2009 at 04:02:29
29 Posted 29/05/2009 at 03:50:27
Fellow Ex-pat Texan in Harlingen and I too hope to have a beer - but Stella? I have my Boddington’s on hand with the "widgie" inside. I look forward to pouring a nice, heady English brewski during the game. Then again, that may become two or three or however many...
Plus I just got Dishnetwork DVR. It is so cool - need to pee? Put it on pause, pee, come back and restart without missing a second of the match!
The wife won’t be happy though. She wants me to cut up a tree that got blown down by our recent weather - might have to wait until Sunday depending on the number of Boddie’s consumed!!
As for previous finals? I watched the ’84 one at home and jumped for joy after both goals and at the end. Mum had decided to go shopping and ergo Dad went too. On my own going bonkers but only 16 so no drunkeness.Abiding memory?
The ’85 final. Not because of the actual final but of what I went through to get there. Things were different back then as to how tickets were allocated. Out of the four of our group who regularly attended matches only I met the needs for initial ticket allocation. I remember my Dad driving me to the Lancaster train station so I could travel to GP. Tickets were on sale from the Bullens Road turnstiles from 5pm. I got there at 9am and was fifth in line. I stood / sat / fidgeted in line for 8 hours with no chance of leaving for a pee break. Thank God I had had nothing to drink from the time I got out of bed!
5:10pm and ticket in hand. Jubilation - I was going to Wembley for the very first time. I recall a policeman as I left saying, "Put that in your pocket and do not get it out again until you get home." It stayed put in my pocket. "Bizzies" didn’t / don’t get a good rap but I remember his words to this day. I got back to the local pub in Caton (orange juice only) and when I showed the regulars my ticket? I should have rememberd the Bizzie’s words!
My Dad and the other two members of our group managed to get tickets a fortnight later albeit in different areas of Wembley but back then it was easy to jump over the upper terracing so we all watched the game together. Memories indeed and I hope this weekend is the same.
30 Posted 29/05/2009 at 04:37:21
I just worked out you were the same age as me when I can "clearly" recall the first time I witnessed Everton win the Cup! I was still 16 in 1984 and you were 16 in 1995. Good omens?
Please don’t tell me you can recall the ’84 victory!
31 Posted 28/05/2009 at 16:03:57
32 Posted 29/05/2009 at 06:52:04
The biggest party is being organised by ESCA (www.evertonfc.com.au) in Sydney they doing a live link up with Talksport and Radio Merseyside..
Come on Everton, lets win this bloody trophy !!
33 Posted 29/05/2009 at 06:59:42
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35 Posted 29/05/2009 at 07:14:17
"yeah yeah granddad we’ve have heard all about Tommy Lawton before"
My two sons 20 and 16 will be watching with us, what an event...I cannot wait, I have been looking forward to this since we beat the shite, after that I never had a doubt.
36 Posted 29/05/2009 at 07:27:57
37 Posted 29/05/2009 at 08:13:51
38 Posted 29/05/2009 at 08:37:37
There will be loads of Chelsea there but who cares?!! It’s been a 14 year wait but something tells me that the wait is almost over...
By the way, does anybody know which team will be wearing blue tomorrow?
39 Posted 29/05/2009 at 08:58:27
We are wearing blue, Chelsea in all yellow.
40 Posted 29/05/2009 at 09:09:18
41 Posted 29/05/2009 at 09:37:21
Nil Satis Nisi Optimum
42 Posted 29/05/2009 at 10:06:38
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46 Posted 29/05/2009 at 12:16:22
I was at the 66 final (aged 15), which I still vividly remember. The worst experience was a final no-one has mentioned - the 68 clash with West Brom. I was devastated because we had such a great team and were expected to win. As it turned out, we were awful - just never seemed to get going.
I won’t say I’m confident about the outcome tomorrow, but I am confident, that unlike the 68 team, we’ll give absolutely everything and make us proud. That is the hallmark of the Moye’s era.
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49 Posted 30/05/2009 at 00:19:06