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Abide With Me

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There's going to be a lot of noise at Wembley tomorrow. Even if the serried ranks of Chavskis leave their voices in the wine bars and brasseries of south west London, the Evertonians will make sure that Wembley's noise abatement society gets into a tizzy.

But will we raise the roof with Abide With Me? Older readers will know that this song was introduced into the Cup Final in the early twenties, in memory of those who were slaughtered in the Great War.

We all have our own reason to remember someone tomorrow: I'll be thinking of Mike and Terry Graham, two great Evertonians who will surely be looking down on us from their blue Heaven. Perhaps all of us could remember young Rhys, and in the 20th anniversary year, those who fell at Hillsborough.

Whatever our particular reason, could we give a lead to the rest of the stadium in giving Abide With Me our full Evertonian voice?
Mike McLean, Tuebrook     Posted 29/05/2009 at 14:55:39

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Julian Wait
1   Posted 29/05/2009 at 19:10:04

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It?s a beautiful song, and one my late dad used to sing a lot. When I was downloading the FA Cup games this season (from UKNOVA), I was very pleased and even a little moved to see Abide With Me used on the intro.

And to all those lucky bastards with a ticket, it would be nice to show the Chavski?s that you know not just Everton?s history but that of English football in general.

Make us proud to be watching, fans as well as players. As they say over here: Make Noise!

Bring it home.
Nick Entwistle
2   Posted 29/05/2009 at 19:57:42

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From a traditional point of view I totaly get where you’re coming from, but the FA like to ’modernise’ things so we’ve probably got Girlsaloud singing it... and then have the teams coming out to Let Me Entertain You...
Paul Graham
3   Posted 29/05/2009 at 20:02:49

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On a personal note I would like to thank Mike for his sentiments and thoughts. I will be there tomorrow along with my wife Cath and kids Kayleigh and James. When Abide With Me comes on you can be sure we will be singing at the top of our voices and be remembering my Father Terry and Brother Mike. I am sure they will be standing right beside us. Thanks Mike. You have brought a bit of extra meaning to the day for us all.
Andy Hegan
4   Posted 29/05/2009 at 20:48:13

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It's Britain's Got Talent's own Faryl Smith with the honour tomorrow.
Mike Byrne
5   Posted 29/05/2009 at 20:49:25

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WTF has Hillsborough got to do with Everton being at Wembley?

Let's all get behind the Blues tomorrow and sing our big blue hearts out for our team. COYB

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Billy Brad
6   Posted 29/05/2009 at 22:07:44

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Can't agree more Mike, there is no rememberance of the Heysel disaster. I will be thinking of our great mate AJ and his family. AJs tours live on. Book early.........
Nick Entwistle
7   Posted 29/05/2009 at 23:56:38

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Good point Mike, if a little strongly put.
Mikey Cummins
8   Posted 30/05/2009 at 00:54:30

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For Uncle Syl. COYB!!!! xxxx
Martin Downey
9   Posted 30/05/2009 at 00:58:02

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All I know is, I’ll be crrying.
Peter MacFarlane
10   Posted 30/05/2009 at 01:38:02

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Mike, you're out of order there, no need for any of that, you need to take a long hard look at yourself and think about what you're saying there, 96 scousers died you prick, and they weren't "murdering red bastards" they were just fans like you and me. I?ll be thinking of the them tomorrow when I'm singing Abide with Me at Wembley ? just like my dad did in 89. COYB!!!
Mike Byrne
11   Posted 30/05/2009 at 07:47:03

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Peter McF

Out of order - I think not.

Of course I remember 96 people died (not all Scousers as you claim btw) because it is constantly rammed down our throats!!

What is forgotten is how many Italians died directly as a result of being charged and chased across terraces by the murdering red bastards ? or did you think they just wanted to tic?
It was these I was refering to murdering red bastards ? read the post properly you prick!!

I will remember the Hillsborough disaster with exactly the same reverence that the red-shite remember Heysel ? none what so ever. They have air-brushed history.

I?ll be singing Abide with Me with rest of us blues and remembering lots of blues who can?t be there ? not mourning followers of a club with no class
Peter Roberts
12   Posted 30/05/2009 at 10:06:57

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Mike, Peter,

now is not the time to argue about this. Let’s not moan about those red recta across the park on what is our biggest day in 14 years. There’s a time and place.

Back on topic, I will be unfortunately be watching from a pub in Rotterdam, but I hope you all give it great gusto - my grandad passed away three-and-a-half years ago and never saw us win anything after the FA Cup in ’95- I wish he were still alive today to witness this.

On the subject of Cup Final songs, I’ve been playing All Together Now all week..
Kieran Kinsella
13   Posted 30/05/2009 at 12:53:16

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Any links for the game?
James Lukes
14   Posted 30/05/2009 at 13:24:27

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Mike you are a disgrace, human beings died at both tragadies. Red or Blue 96 famalies never saw a loved one again after going to a football match.

I feel for the famalies and friends of the victims at both disasters. For you to use such language, hostility and bial is nothing shoprt of pathetic.

I hope you never feel the loss those famalies did.

I guess you will object to singing "Abide with me" to rember those who have fallen fighting for their country as some of those who made the ultimate sacrifice were liverpool fans.

Take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror, you are a bitter little man and shame this football club I love on this day of days.

Ive wasted enough time on you, grow up, show some god damn humanity, you bitter little fuck
Paul Meehan
15   Posted 30/05/2009 at 13:46:02

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Good post Mike. The best thing about any final that did not feature Everton was always the singing of that great hymn (and I?m not even religious). This year, it would be the best of both worlds if I did not have to watch on overseas TV (USA this year) - they never show the community singing. They have either talking heads or last minute commercials right up to seconds before kick-off. So I?ll just have to imagine... Wish I could be there. COYB!
Paul Meehan
16   Posted 30/05/2009 at 14:00:55

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James L: Very well said, Sir!
Using the behaviour of a handful of trouble-makers at Heysel to tarnish the memories of innocent victims at Hillsboro is an act of cowardice in my book. We do not make this club of ours great by spitting in the faces of our neighbours - or anyone else for that matter..
Mike Byrne
17   Posted 30/05/2009 at 13:58:46

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James Lukes ? read my mail and try to understand what I said.

You acknowledge both were tragedies ? so do I but the red bastards don?t. They have forgotten that they caused 39 Italians to die at Heysel ? they have air-brushed this from history ? not one word of regret or sorrow has been officially issued from Anfield over this but they expect us to mourn forever for them. Well this Blue won?t until they pay the same respect for Heysel as they expect nay demand the world to do for Hillsborough.

I am just about to go in to in and will be singing Abide with Me all my heart (read my mail).

Bitter I probably am, as Blues we have a right to be following the European ban, but I am far from a little man ? at 6?4 I would be delighted to meet you anytime and see how gobby and brave you are in real life. Name the time and place

Come on you Blues ? Abide with Me!!

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