In the cold light of day I realised that my football hypocrisy knew no bounds as, only 24 hours earlier, I did exactly the same thing whilst watching Chelsea vs Tottenham (in the privacy of my own home with no witnesses of course). My booing highlighted my satisfying sense of schadenfreude seeing Stephen "Peanut" Pienaar come on for the last 10 minutes for Spurs where he appears to be no more than a bench warmer. I hope that, in his heart of hearts, he regrets his decision to turn his back on his spiritual home: "Go(o)d(ison) is Great".
These two matches made me think about who I have (or would) boo on their return to Goodison? Could I come up with a list of "Toffees Most Wanted?" Who are the ex-Evertonian Villains (some pantomime, some literal)? Could I come up with a Villianous First team?
Well, the answer to that last question is "No". I came up with a list of eight. There are some "no-brainers" in the list, those who come into the Blofeld Super Villain category.
So, purely for fun (don?t call in, your vote won?t count but you may be charged) here is my ex-Evertonian Villian VIII ? those players I would boo, possibly viciously, possibly comically. This list is in strict order of odiosity:?
? Wayne Rooney ("BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" to infinity and beyond!)
? Joleon Lescott ("Boooooooooooooooo!")
? Dan Gosling ("Boo Boo Booooo!")
? Nick Barmby ("Grrrrrrr Boooooo!")
? Olivier Dacourt ("Les Boo?s!")
? Abel Xavier ("Boooooo" to King Neptune)
? Martin Keown ("He?s behind you!")
? Franny Jeffers (Probably wouldn?t boo, would probably just ignore him)
? Stephen Pienaar ("Boo" but in the privacy of my own home)
I think that these are all self explanatory.
To finish on a positive note (the ying to the above yang); here is my top XI ex-Evertonians who I personally cheered (or would have cheered) when they returned to Goodison in others' colours (unless of course if they had returned in the colours of the Red Shites at both ends of the East Lancs Road, in which scenario they would all go onto the Villian list)... In NO particular order (except No 1): -
? Duncan Ferguson
? Daniel Amokachi
? Lee Carsley
? Andrew Johnson
? Neville Southall
? Alan Stubbs
? Andy Van Der Meyde (don?t ask me why I just had a grudging admiration for the Old Dutch Inebriate and loved it when he sobered up enough "Waco Kid"-like, to play a small cameo)
? Kevin Sheedy
? Tony Cottee
? Glen Keeley (just because I used to go to school with him)
Please note also that I could have chosen a 1st team with subs and a reserve team in this category...
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1 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:13:01
2 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:19:15
I think you need to move on Alun, until we get rid of Kenwright and an owner who is willing to put in more than £48 of his own money, it ain't gonna change.
3 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:24:40
4 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:28:25
5 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:28:30
Also, he had the chance to join the shite before he joined Leeds and he said that he would never join them out of respect for us.
6 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:54:55
7 Posted 02/05/2011 at 15:56:13
Why do you idolise Duncan Ferguson? He was sent off lots of times and spent a lot of time injured... he doesn't come back to the club like Sharpy, Snodin, Stubbs etc.
When he played, we missed out the midfield and surrendered possesion by playing hoofball. I'm afraid he was never my idea of a great centre forward... he was physical like Davies of Bolton and good in the air like Carroll and Davies but he was no great shakes in my estimation.
8 Posted 02/05/2011 at 16:00:46
9 Posted 02/05/2011 at 16:07:27
Most fans tend to boo good players who have left for money or more playing time; Pienaar must rue his transfer on a daily basis.
10 Posted 02/05/2011 at 16:02:30
ps: Before people jump on my back about giving it to one of our own, it was a joke. I would never boo a player wearing the Everton shirt, but I do wish Anichebe would go somewhere else... Anywhere to be honest, even Liverpool can have him.
11 Posted 02/05/2011 at 16:37:32
12 Posted 02/05/2011 at 16:47:09
Also, just returned my sons football tournament in Isle of Wight and amazed when Tony Cottee came out to do the presentations! He was asked for his most memorable moments in football and said playing for his boyhood team WHU and scoring a hat trick on his debut for Everton ... I was the only one going mental in the whole auditorium. Great to hear him give the blues a mention in a room full of Manure, Gooners and Chelski blurts, so yeh, give him a cheer too.
13 Posted 02/05/2011 at 17:43:26
14 Posted 02/05/2011 at 18:02:42
15 Posted 02/05/2011 at 18:11:14
16 Posted 02/05/2011 at 18:16:12
17 Posted 02/05/2011 at 18:33:07
18 Posted 02/05/2011 at 19:05:19
19 Posted 02/05/2011 at 20:39:49
20 Posted 02/05/2011 at 22:35:29
21 Posted 02/05/2011 at 22:52:49
22 Posted 02/05/2011 at 23:51:14
23 Posted 03/05/2011 at 00:22:33
Dacourt didn't get a 'good reception' when he came back with Leeds (February 2001). He was booed all game and if you dig out your season review of that season, Dacourt put his finger to his lips after he equalized because his goal silenced the booing.
24 Posted 03/05/2011 at 06:59:11
Totally agree with Chris Bannantyne (#10): The Shite can have Anichebe for free. Please, take him!
25 Posted 03/05/2011 at 08:15:16
That comment in itself shows why we are going nowhere and will continue to go nowhere. How Anichibe managed to get in that team on Saturday ahead of ANY other forward on the bench including Baxter is absolutely beyond my comprehension.
Maybe Steve Round could be Victor's agent and get them both a move to anywhere!!
26 Posted 03/05/2011 at 08:19:33
27 Posted 03/05/2011 at 09:40:54
I don't know if this happens elsewhere but my experience of going to away matches suggests that we are pretty unique.
So, to be booed you have to do something special to pee-off the Goodison faithful.
Barmby - Everton got him back into the England squad where he promptly jumped ship across the park.
Rooney - can't argue with his ambition and I am sure Kenwright's role was murkier than we have been led to believe so far, but all this "once a blue" stuff rang very hollow when he left, hence giving him the aura of a traitor.
Speed - another boyhood Evertonian who, I was told, delivered papers to Kevin Ratcliffe on his childhood paper round ( as though that matters??!!). Didn't he leave saying he wanted to go somewhere to win things...thereby dismissing Everton's chances and ambition in a fell swoop and so encouraging the ire of all faithful blues?
Raszinski - I seem to recall that he left and then urged a fellow player to leave to fulfil their ambitions elsewhere? Where is he now?
Perhaps it is those who profess to have the same love for the club as we do (as opposed to being there for purely professional reasons) but who then walk away, and make disparaging comments too.
Finally, congrats to Nick Entwistle - see comment No 8 and follow up on Wikipedia.
28 Posted 03/05/2011 at 10:13:39
Rooney kissed his badge in front of the Everton fans. Rooney showed the least respect any ex-player has ever shown us. He could have just kept his mouth shut. Everton raised him and put a lot of work into making him. He still never talks about this, listing Taggart and Sven as the two best managers he's worked with. He also made false claims about our manager.
Speed made comments about joining a 'big club' when he moved to Newcastle implying we were a small club. I also know he was given an absolutely massive signing on fee at Newcastle, which made his decision to leave a very easy one. I have no problems with the fact I shouted greedy bastard at him.
Jeffers was an absolute shitbag, again showing no respect for a club which reared him. Had he stayed, he could have been a great. I'm glad his career ended up where it did.
29 Posted 03/05/2011 at 12:31:22
30 Posted 03/05/2011 at 13:14:03
Speed was stitched up by Kendall and Johnson at Everton. His failing was in not accepting Kendall's drinking culture that was evident at Everton in those days.
You only need to think of how Speed has looked after himself (physically) to see that he is the ultimate professional. He was, and is, an Evertonian and you should be ashamed of yourself for shouting "greedy bastard" at him.
31 Posted 03/05/2011 at 13:31:17
Incidentally, Alan, you're out of order booing the rest of your list of ex-Everton players.
What's wrong with a snipers rifle in the Main Stand?
32 Posted 03/05/2011 at 15:23:45
By the way, I'd LOVE to know who did the first ever 'BOOOOOO' and love to know why those who heard it thought, "I don't know why, but that noise really registers disgust and anger, I'm going to do it too".
(I mean why not 'SPLAAAAAH' or 'KREEEEE'?)
Anyway, 'big up' (one for the teenagers there!) to whoever it was.
Like the first person to look at a cow and think "bet we can drink their milk", or the first person to look at a bee's nest and think "bet they've got something in there that tastes fucking great", he/she deserves to be known.
33 Posted 03/05/2011 at 15:52:44
Also surprised to see Abel Xavier getting the bird. Never has there been a footballer cross the Mersey divide with so much indifference from Evertonians. He was shit with us and equally shit with them. Let?s hope a lot more Xaviers cross over in the future.
34 Posted 03/05/2011 at 16:15:19
35 Posted 03/05/2011 at 18:02:13
The head of UEFA for picking this corrupt clown Pierluigi Collina as head of referees...
36 Posted 03/05/2011 at 18:28:36
He's completley airbrushed Everton out of his life.
And his behaviour whenever he plays against us has done nothing but make me hate the cunt even more.
37 Posted 03/05/2011 at 19:07:23
Until 2009, I booed him until he actually made it obvious he still supports Everton. Dream on Ste that he airbrushed us out of his life ? he's made numerous attempts to watch games at Goodison Park but, due a handful of hateful people, he's prevented from doing so. It's pathetic that fans simply can't forgive him; he was 18! Since he's left, we've only got better and he's only got better. The badge kissing was the reaction to fans abusing him.
Joleon Lescott's transfer is totally different; unlike Rooney, he wasn't a young lad, he left for financial reasons to a club with no soul. Manchester City used unscrupolous tactics to sign him, and his behaviour at the Arsenal game was disgraceful, not even applauding fans chanting his name.
Rooney was just a misled young lad but his transfer benefited Everton; Lescott was devious and shady and fully deserves all the abuse he will get on Saturday.
38 Posted 03/05/2011 at 20:33:02
Is that the same Wayne Rooney who thinks Evertonians are right behind him winning the 19th league title for Man Utd, as a nice snoot cocked Anfield way?
Is that the same Wayne Rooney who attended the 2009 FA Cup Final with his kid all decked out in Everton kit?
Is that the same Wayne Rooney who said, before the 2009 FA Cup Semi-Final: ?There?s always banter between me and the Everton fans but it doesn?t run too deep,? said Wayne Rooney, ahead of Sunday's massive Wembley clash. ?It?s just a bit of banter. All the stick I get makes me want to do better, it tends to drive me on, but it doesn?t bother me that much now because I expect it now whenever I play against Everton. It?s nothing now really.?
I think he needs a new airbrush...
ps: Anyone remember that multi-part Rooney interview on the OS? Was that this season or last? Or even earlier?
39 Posted 03/05/2011 at 20:33:03
Is this the same Wayne Rooney who said before a CL tie 'you don't play in these sort of games when you play for Everton'?
He's a cunt. End of in my eyes.
40 Posted 04/05/2011 at 12:40:35
41 Posted 04/05/2011 at 18:54:08
42 Posted 04/05/2011 at 19:38:04
2 ? Slaven Bilic. What a cock.
3 ? Mike Walker.
4 ? Vinny Samways. Second laziest player to wear a blue jersey (see No 1 above for the laziest).
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