This is gonna sound a little geeky, but the transition from Windows hosting to our current ISP and Linux hosting has been a challenge to say the least. Some of the site functionality I really liked has been lost I could update Excel files and they would instantly be reflected in updated stats and League tables. Now, that takes a couple of extra steps... not that many of you care.
What has been slow to transition across has been our huge back catalogue of old ToffeeWeb files... dating back to when I started in this malarkey as a favour to Marko Poutiainen, a Blue form Finland who had created the first real Everton website on the fledgling World Wide Web, as we called it back then.
Lyndon's currently working backwards, trying to make sure each season of files works just so... while I've gone back to the beginning and I just finished putting up that first great season when I got involved: 1994-95.
It was the autumn of 1994 and I had rigged up satellite TV so I could pick up news in exile, and I clearly recall Joe Royle being announced as the new Everton manager. What an iconic moment in the history of this great club!
Fast-forward to the end of that season, and that great Wembley occasional when we shoved it to the Mancs, Royle style. The Match Report I cobbled together was a combination of newspaper items and I seem to have lost a couple of the photos... Great memories.
But what really struck me was this: Player Profile of one Dave Watson. 523 games. Astounding. He was the real Captain Marvel.
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1 Posted 07/09/2010 at 03:14:11
2 Posted 07/09/2010 at 06:01:21
I got to the only sports bar in the town open at 6am and bribed the staff to show the game. I was there with 5 Cornell University soccer players, (not a bad team), and 7 South Americans, all come to see Utd beat us.
What an amazing game! I was totally hoarse at the end.
Let's do it again Saturday!
3 Posted 07/09/2010 at 07:43:37
4 Posted 07/09/2010 at 08:45:44
5 Posted 07/09/2010 at 08:56:21
Top skipper who gave his all - quality!
6 Posted 07/09/2010 at 09:54:27
Get him back.
7 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:01:16
8 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:14:18
9 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:37:30
Pah, Derek Mountfield scored half as many in just one season!
I thought Dave Watson was great but Degsy, a proper Evertonian to boot, was brilliant!
10 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:34:03
There have been times when we have not seen eye to eye, (I have had a few red pencils) I still reckon you and everyone connected with Toffeeweb deserve fulsome praise.
11 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:38:02
For the misty-eyed amongst us, the footage of Waggy & Horne celebrating the FA Cup in 95' is just wonderful!
12 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:46:43
Big Dave?s gonna lift them up,
Let?s go, let?s go, let?s go, let?s go!
"Limpar?s still running, feeds it towards Horne, Stuart?s available wide, should be played back, Stuart?s cross, AND AMOKACHI...heads Everton into the 1995 FA Cup Final, the substitute?s only been on about 10 minutes, it?s Everton 3 Spurs 1"
....shivers down spine just remembering that as a 15 year old!!!
13 Posted 07/09/2010 at 11:05:24
14 Posted 07/09/2010 at 11:46:35
Always vaguely remember a televised game from when I was a kid with 'Big' Ron Atkinson commentating. Don't remember the opposition or result, just recall Dave Watson went in for a challenge he had no right to win and left the other player flattened. Ron started laughing his flabby tits off and exclaimed "Watson's just put the reducer on him there. They've both gone in hard and big Dave's just totally reduced him." From then on Watson was always known as 'the reducer' in our house.
15 Posted 07/09/2010 at 12:44:22
16 Posted 07/09/2010 at 12:46:56
17 Posted 07/09/2010 at 13:11:04
13. Still IS a great Evertoninan! hahaha
And I echo the thoughts, great work from Lyndon and Michael and it really is appreciated... without you I would actually have to do some work!
18 Posted 07/09/2010 at 13:12:47
19 Posted 07/09/2010 at 13:10:06
The Look of sheer joy on Amokachi's face after he scored in the Semis.
Dogs of War? Committed side laced with talent... take note Mr Moyes.
20 Posted 07/09/2010 at 13:17:11
Unfortunately my over riding memory of the day was getting into a fight with a manc inside wembley who decided to rip my flag down after the final whistle. Even then I thought to myself, can't you even be gracious in defeat for once! It's not like you never win anything. That for me sums up United's supporters; many a time I've had to share a train journey with them on a match day and they really are scum.
Dave Watson is a legend in my book & many thanks to Michael & the team, your efforts are very much appreciated.
21 Posted 07/09/2010 at 14:01:12
22 Posted 07/09/2010 at 14:18:15
I've just been looking back over the match reports for '94-95. Great memories of my last year in Liverpool, especially the home derby and the semi. Time and distance really does give you a rose-tinted perspective. I'd begun to forget how desperate things were in those first few months of the season.
There's some familiar names on the reports, myself included, but there is one conspicuous by his absence - Dave Shephard. My guess is that most of the flowery, cleverly worded reports without a contributor's name are his. Failing that, anything that slags of Earl Barrett will be a good starting point!
23 Posted 07/09/2010 at 16:31:47
24 Posted 07/09/2010 at 18:45:51
Correct me if i'm wrong but didn't big Dave score the winner in the FA Cup replay against the shite?
If I'm right I'll bet that was one of big Dave's best moments. It sure was one of mine.
Keep up the good work guys, truly appreciated.
25 Posted 07/09/2010 at 19:25:24
26 Posted 07/09/2010 at 19:29:29
And talking about the semi-final against Spurs, Joe Parkinson played a blinder that day... far more talented than his image of pieman would suggest. I wish his career hadn't come to an end.
27 Posted 07/09/2010 at 20:42:56
Cuts off at a very wrong moment but the Amo Ferg partnership looked great here.
Also, I forgot Samways came in before the Cup final, always thought he came in pre-season and scored in Charity Shield on debut...
28 Posted 08/09/2010 at 04:32:50
You remember Dr Dave Shepherd? We became mates when I started at Uni, even though he was at Bradford, and I was then at Aberystwyth. Anyway, thanks to JANET, we got to know each other on a BB called UNaXcess (or similar) and discovered we were Everton fans.
Each Saturday when we were at home, I'd take the bastardly early 5.00 am departure to change at Shrewsbury and get home around 9.30am, in time for a cooked brekkie at me Mum's, and off to The Mons (and then the County) to meet Dr Dave, have some scoops, go to game, more scoops after etc.
We kept up this ritual at many home games, and then at some aways with the NTAS lot (don't remember much about the games, and I thought I could drink)
Fast forward to 95, FA Cup semi at Elland Road, me and a mate travel up from the south the day before, stay at Dr Dave's place, so we can start the semi day in the proper way. Great day, so I offer to return the favour, and he could stay at my place in Lewes, East Sussex, night before the Final.
I'd arranged to go up to my older bro's Mother-in-Law's place at St Albans early next day, and we'd all go from there.
Unfortunately, below where I lived was a boozer. And I knew the manager, and he thought we should have a lock in. Dave liked his cider, and this place had farmhouse cider... So 3am, back up to the apartment. 4 hours later, I'm trying to wake him up. No chance. Check he's got a pulse. Great, okay so I leave a note and have to get going.
My day: another fry up at bro's ma-in-laws. Everton's hotel was on the same road. Bro wanders down (I still needed coffee), meets the players, ticket stub signed by Paul Rideout (goalscore) and Dave Watson (captain), we go to Wembley, great craic before the game, the game, and well party on.
Dave's day: eventually comes out of the farmhouse cider coma, drags himself up to Wembley. Hear's the crowd "oooooh" (Diamond hit's the bar), then the mental noise that means he knows it's us that's scored. Get's in just in time to see the end of the game and the trophy presentation.
I am sure I saw him after that, but can't really be certain. Wonder why..?
29 Posted 08/09/2010 at 04:49:11
It's cheezy in the extreme but every time I hear All Together Now (increasingly rare these days) those brilliant snippets of commentary bring back vivid video-clear memories of the goals... starting with that great header of a brilliant Andy Hinchcliffe corner, wizzed home from an impossible angle by ? of all people ? Matt Jackson!
Get the vids out, Davie, and show Mikey how a corner is supposed to whipped in!
30 Posted 08/09/2010 at 07:24:30
The only time I can ever listen to that not-so-closeted Kopite Alan Green with any pleasure!
Matt Jackson only played in that cup run cos Earl "The Pearl (WTF?)" Barrett was cup-tied.
31 Posted 08/09/2010 at 13:36:04
The 1-0 win at Bristol City was described by a few as the best result of the cup win becuase of the circumstances and team availability.
32 Posted 08/09/2010 at 16:14:47
I was at the quarter final against Newcastle when he scored the winner and it somehow crept in the far post. I was convinced from then on as a 13 year old that we were going to win the cup and I told my kopite pals that every day. Brilliant memories.
I also loved his albeit brief, oldest centre half pairing in the world ever with Richard Gough. They could have played masters football together!
33 Posted 08/09/2010 at 17:07:36
34 Posted 08/09/2010 at 22:08:16
I'd bought his ticket for him in the manic scrum that followed the 24 hour queueing round the ground, and sent it in the post, expecting to meet up with him in the ground.
About ten minutes into the game he hadn't shown up, then a very large and scary bloke appeared and took the seat next to me. I wrongly assumed Dave had been unable to make it and sold his ticket on, only for him to show up looking like death early in the second half. "I've been ill" was the only explanation as he squeezed onto my seat. The bloke without the ticket wasn't going anywhere and he obviously wasn't up for an argument.
One thing that stands out for me is that he wasn't overly impressed with the playing of "We are the champions" on the tannoy because "We're the Cup Winners not the champions," but that was Dave for you. Even though he was clearly the worse for wear, we still managed to walk what felt like miles to a pub for a couple of beers afterwards though. Legend.
35 Posted 10/09/2010 at 11:53:45
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